Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These fudgy and chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a delicious treat at Christmas!

chocolate crinkle cookies on baking tray

Christmas Cookies

We bake a lot of cookies in the lead up to Christmas, and whilst we tend to recreate old favourites like Gingerbread Sablé or Swiss Walnut Christmas Cookies for the sake of tradition, I always try to sneak in a few new recipes to keep things fresh and exciting.

My Reindeer Cookies have proven to be quite popular already, but I always think there is room for another chocolate cookie 🙂

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Nescafé Dolce Gusto Machine

I try out a coffee pod machine for the first time and detail my experiences below!nescafe dolce gusto eclipse review

This post has been prepared in collaboration with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, but the content and opinions are my own.

For the longest time, my husband and I have been fans of preparing our coffee in an Italian-made stove-top coffee pot. The simple ritual of making coffee – filling the pot with water, grinding the coffee beans, and waiting for the coffee to brew and fill the kitchen with the aromas of chicory and arabica beans – was something we enjoyed as part of the coffee drinking experience.

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Coffee and Walnut Cake

A homely Coffee and Walnut Cake with a luscious coffee frosting that is delicious and easy to make. Recipe with step-by-step photos.

coffee and walnut cake on metal tray with cake knife

Coffee Cake

In some countries, there exists what is called a coffee cake which actually does not contain any coffee but it is called such because it is intended to be eaten with a cup of coffee.

This Coffee and Walnut Cake is actually a coffee cake, in that it is heady with coffee flavour in both the sponge and frosting, thanks to a touch of instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder.

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

This is the Ultimate Chocolate Cake! Layers of rich chocolate cake flavoured with real chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee, covered in a Chocolate Ganache Frosting and decorated with chocolate chips.

ultimate chocolate cake on large white cake stand

Epic Chocolate Cake

In deciding how to celebrate Eat, Little Bird’s first blog anniversary, chocolate cake instantly came to my mind, but I knew that it had to be a special one.

For quite some years now, my online foodie friends have been raving about what has become known as the “Epic Cake”, so-called because it started out life as a chocolate cake on the Epicurious website, and which was later lovingly adapted by a good online friend who calls herself SamIam.

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Vietnamese Coffee

How to make Vietnamese Coffee using a traditional Vietnamese coffee filter (phin), French press, or by using espresso capsules!

vietnamese coffee filter on glass

Vietnamese Coffee

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you may have noticed that I drink a lot of coffee. Or, as my husband would put it, that I take lots of photos of coffee.

I used to think that I was more of a tea drinker, but perhaps tea is simply not as photogenic … Whatever the case may be, not a day goes by without at least one caffeine fix, and one coffee which I would gladly drink at any time of the day is a Vietnamese coffee.

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Christmas Cupcakes to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas


My husband and I are delighted to announce the arrival of our first child, a healthy and bouncing little boy, in late November. He has inherited his mother’s love for sleep and eating, except, of course, his mother has been doing little of either in recent weeks 😉

In preparation for his arrival, I had lined up several posts in readiness for publishing on this blog in the coming months, but pregnancy is so often fraught with periods of distraction (particularly nesting in the third trimester) that my to-do list soon became a to-do item in itself. And since the Little One’s birth, I’m not even sure where that to-do list is anymore …

But as our Little One is approaching one month old (didn’t we just bring him home from the hospital??), bits and pieces of my former life are reappearing and I suddenly feel a sense of normality returning, if only very briefly. So I am stealing a moment right now to try and quickly post something, not to mention that I even found time to do some food photography this morning! Amazing how little sleep one really needs to function 😉

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