Architecture, culture, history and landscapes – together with food – are at the top of my list of things to experience whenever I am visiting a new place. Being a person who wears her heart on her sleeve, sometimes these can bring tears to my eyes, leave me in awe, and take my breath away. The ancient ruins of Tintern Abbey, in the former County of Gwent in south-east Wales, did all of that.
Friandises are high on the list of fashionable foods at present. Foodies and cooks en masse are drooling over friand recipes - reading about the delicious little treats in gourmet mags, ordering them in cafes, and baking them at home.
I seem to have a never-ending supply of over-ripe bananas in the freezer, so it's time to make some banana bread, methinks. It's one of Peter's favourite sweet things, along with dates, so let's see if I can find a recipe made from both.
The combination of chocolate and hazelnut is another of those insanely good things that melt my heart and make me go weak at the knees – particularly when combined with meringue and filled with cream in the form of a âteau.
There's something about fudge that always makes me feel better... always... well, almost always. Ü
'There's so much pleasure in making a delicious dish from something you grew yourself.'
'What happened to the rest of the madeleines?' asked the man of the house, sounding very disappointed. 'Oh, there was only a few left and I ate them,' I replied, suddenly feeling guilty. 'I've been out on a truffle hunt in the bitter cold and needed something yummy to warm me up,' I pleaded. 'But don't worry, I'll bake some more first thing in the morning,' I added, hoping it would cheer him.
In the 1990s this energetic young thing spent several hours a week at a local gym. Step aerobics, funk classes and circuit training were on the agenda, accompanied by the sounds of C+C Music Factory, Right Said Fred and Salt-n-Pepa. What's that got to do with
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
There are times when something good catches your eye and you know you simply have to have it. That good 'thing' can range from the latest whizz bang motor car to a stylish pair of shoes – or it may just be a piece of cake. Literally.
Cooking and writing have been a lifelong passion.
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- Liz Posmyk
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.