Vanilla Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

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Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas celebration and a wonderful start to 2017. What are your New Years’ resolutions?

In 2017, I hope to breathe extra life into Eat, Little Bird. What started out as a little hobby where I could share my favourite recipes and dabble in some food photography has, over the past five years, blossomed into a successful creative venture and I am excited to push the boundaries a bit further in 2017.

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Scones with Strawberry Jam

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On a recent trip to London, I was reminded of my fond affection for Devonshire Tea, essentially a scone served with jam and cream. In fact, my desire for a daily scone fix made me brave enough to venture into a café on my lonesome most afternoons, just so I could sit down to a proper cup of tea with a plate of warm scones. There is nothing more restorative if you have been on your feet all day, visiting museums and shopping on the High Street 🙂

One such lovely establishment serving scones (although not proper Devonshire Tea) was the Patisserie Valerie in Covent Garden, a branch of what seems to be a patisserie/café chain store in the UK, although each one I came across seemed quite charming and unique, not necessarily catering to the masses. I found them to be welcoming enough to enter and sit by myself, sipping a warming cup of coffee or tea with something sweet on the side while I attempted, with travel guide books and street maps spread out around me, to plan my next place of visit. Stay tuned for an upcoming, although brief, travel post on London …

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Rhubarb, Strawberry & Raspberry Crumble

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I think a fruit crumble would have to be my favourite dessert of all time. A simple apple crumble was one of the first things I learnt how to make in my cooking classes at school and I have fond memories of recreating this dish as a young child, faithfully following the recipe in my Day to Day Cookery book (a standard textbook used in Australian schools in home economic classes). To this day, I am still instantly comforted by the sight and smell of a freshly baked apple crumble but it’s worth venturing out now and then to experiment with other fruits.

With rhubarb in season the last few months, my kitchen has seen countless jars of Rhubarb Compote, a few servings of Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake, as well as an assortment of other baked goodies (such as Nigella Lawson’s Rhubarb Muffins – delicious!). And with berries coming into season recently, I have been addicted to the classic combination of rhubarb and strawberries.

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