disaster macaron recipe

Macaron disaster – and a few kitchen lessons

For the last week or so, I’ve been talking about finally tackling macarons. I had initially planned to make them last Saturday, when I had plenty of time to spend on getting them right, but as usual the day ran away from me, and the weekend ended macaron-free. After work this evening, I decided on […]

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cakeupton cookie recipe

Giant chocolate cookies

Having baked pretty much every other day for the last two weeks, I decided to return to the old faithful of cookies. I found a few recipes for chocolate chip cookies, or American style cookies, and decided to combine them into two different flavours, with varied results. The base mixture was the same for both […]

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morning workout

Morning workouts

This week, I’ve been hitting the gym before work, in an attempt to shoe-horn as much exercise as possible into my days. I get up in time to be there for when the doors open, and then get in a 45-60 minute workout before heading home, showering and putting on new gym clothes to walk […]

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When my boyfriend and I first got together, I tried to impress him with my culinary skills and offered to cook him my signature chicken and leek pie. Being the ultimate gent, he offered to pay for the ingredients, which he maintains to this day cost him £60. They obviously didn’t, but there’s no changing […]

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Healthy carrot cupcakes

The best and worst thing about baking these carrot cakes was that I already had everything I needed in the cupboard and didn’t have to go out and buy a single ingredient. You’d think that would be great, but when you see what actually went into them, you’ll realise what sort of person I’ve become.. […]

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Being in love vs. being lazy

When trying to win brownie points, guys often say that they prefer a girl who wears no makeup, is comfortable in herself, doesn’t feel the need to dress up, and is all natural. The first time my boyfriend and I properly spoke to each other, I was off work sick, sitting on the sofa surrounded […]

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cakeupton beetroot

Chocolate & Beetroot Cake

Firstly – shout out to my Mum for not murdering me for taking her freshly grown beetroot and bastardising it into a cake. Soz bbz. Albion in Shoreditch makes the most amazing chocolate and beetroot cake, and I’ve been meaning to make it myself for ages, but never have the time and the ingredients at […]

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homemade jammie dodgers

Homemade Jammie Dodgers

I’m back at home for a few days, which generally means I bake enough cakes, biscuits and bread to feed the entire village. That’s actually not an exaggeration, as the local choir, teachers, hairdresser and farmers each get a delivery when my family can’t physically bring ourselves to eat anymore. Today I made jammie dodgers, […]

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cakeupton gym clothes

All the gear, no idea

My remedy to losing my fitness mojo is to spend hundred of pounds on gym clothes. I seem to think that having new things to wear will inspire me to get back to the gym, back on the treadmill, back in the pool or back on my bike. Three weeks ago, I started swimming again […]

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