Mussels in White Wine

I like to visit our local market to check out the sights the smells and all of the lovely produce. I’m a massive fan of seafood and despite the protests of the husband drag him down by the fish mongers, I’ll even drag him over to the fish quay if I’m feeling brave. He always claims he’s not a big fan of fish and then when he tries something wants it again.

Mussels are up there on his yuck list, but they’re up there on my adore list. They just look so pretty in their shells and I love the sweet salty taste you get from them, so with the promise of adding chilli we bought a load of them.

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Pesto and Green Bean Pastry Less Quiche

This week I have been very organised. Please note these two words: very… organised. You should be impressed by this. Normally I’m very bad at planning my lunches at work, so I just end up buying something boring and brown for lunch, rather than something exciting and tasty.  It’s also an expensive habit to be in.

I have decided to change this and so I would like to share this momentous occasion with you by sharing one of my favourite lunch time goodies with you – Pastry Less Quiche (or as the husband likes to call it – a cold omelette – he’s so eloquent).

I think the nicest part about Quiche be it with pastry or without, is the variety of flavours you can have.  They’re very versatile, and you can use up leftovers – not that we have many in this apartment.

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A Cheat’s Trifle

When I was in primary school I remember watching a programme during the horrendously long summer holidays. Which were horrendously long and boring when I had them but now I’m a grown up I wish I could be off for that long again.

One particular day a recipe came up for a really easy trifle and I’ve been making it ever since.

For the trifle:

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Banana Breakfast Muffins

This morning I woke up and wondered what I could make for breakfast.  Yesterday we had eggy bread with a little syrup drizzled over the top, but the husband didn’t really seem convinced about it, not always perfect.  So this morning I got out of bed and went in search of caffeine, which was where I spotted the bananas.

They were black, I would never eat them in a month of Sundays, but they were looking at me begging to be used.  Now I’m not one to say no to baking/eating a cake, so I thought, should I make a banana loaf? I was far too hungry to be waiting an hour for it to cook, however muffins don’t really take too long, and they are meant to be a breakfast dish…

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For The Love of Lemon – Lemon Curd, Eton Mess and Cupcakes

With the turn of the season into Spring, already I’m thinking of Summer Yummys, especially with the summer like weather we experienced a couple of weeks ago. Summer to me is citrus, and lemons are the epitome of citrus fruits in my opinion.

So this weekend I’ve been busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm of lemony treats to give me that summer feeling. I started making some lemon curd, because this was the basis for my baking plans; and essentially lemon curd is summer in a jar.

Lemon Curd

You will need:

1 large lemon

70g caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

50g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Start by zesting the lemon into a medium sized bowl.

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Sweet Choux Pastry Buns

The budding domestic goddess/amazing wife I am, on Sunday I left my husband in my beautiful warm bed. This was a massive effort for me, because I love my bed. Sleep is up there on my top ten favourite things to do. I mean, if I could hibernate, I would. So anyway, I got out of bed, and went into the kitchen. I scratched my head and thought of what I could make him. Then, inspired by Rachel Khoo’s fabulous Little Paris Kitchen, I thought of choux buns.

Dusted With Icing Sugar

Let me explain, I have tried choux pastry before, but it seemed like an awful lot of effort – all that beating – phew!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes are amazing, I’m not bragging here, they are genuinely amazing.

They are essentially red velvet cupcakes, without the red colouring, still yummy none the less.  I recently made them for a new mummy, because all new mummy’s need extra special treats, and these fit the bill.

This recipe is also exceptionally easy.

For twelve cupcakes:

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