Category Archives: Cooking

Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins

I know. Its halfway through January and no-one. No. One. cares about Christmas cakes. But they were so cute. I just couldn’t not blog about them. This is almost entirely the work of He who Cooks. The sewing related contribution … Continue reading

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Peanut butter, bacon and dark chocolate cookies and chocolate whoopie pies: gluten free goodness

Now that’s a blog title I never thought I’d write! The cookies were polarizing. I mean. Come on. Peanut butter, bacon and dark chocolate?? A little bit greasy, but the flavours were fabulous. They were made for craft night a … Continue reading

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Dealing with a surfeit of bananas: banana pecan cake with maple syrup glaze

Banana purchasing in our house is a fine example of excellent procurement. It’s not very often that supply outstrips demand. But, when just occasionally, He who Shops gets it a little wrong, She who Bakes needs a good banana cake … Continue reading

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Moroccan-style chicken with pomegranate and fennel couscous, plus bonus home decorating. And a tutorial on box corners.

Now if that title doesn’t put you off, you’re a star! The weekend before last was a milestone one for me. I cooked Sunday lunch (He who Cooks does all the cooking normally). And I made outdoor cushion covers. The … Continue reading

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Zucchini fritters with salmon, lemon slice and orange muffins. All gluten free

Are you lucky enough to have a group of likeminded sewers, creative knitters, crocheting geniuses, embroidery queens and other crafty people to share your obsessions with? I am. And they are fabulous. My group has a very healthy emphasis on … Continue reading

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Gluten free lemon friands

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Felicity’s Formal Frock made from Funky Fabric with some Flares of Frustration but now Finally Finished. Clearly, I like F-words, and need to keep using them. Words like Friands. These were made … Continue reading

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Lime balls

Have I told you about my great new cooking book? One of my Christmas presents was the My Petite Kitchen Cookbook. I love Eleanor’s blog and have been very happy with how her gluten free recipes have turned out (here … Continue reading

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Christmas dresses for my nieces

When I said the blog would return to garment sewing, I didn’t say that all my Christmas sewing was over! Reindeer Retro Dress Before the final fitting (after which, the hem went up about 10 cm) Pattern: BurdaStyle 02-2011-101 I’ve … Continue reading

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Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie

This blog needs to be renamed from He Cooks… She Sews! to He Cooks…. She Shops, She Bakes and (just sometimes) She Sews… The Shopping. See previous post. The Baking. Chai Spiced Carrot Cake: 3 eggs 175g honey 125g gluten … Continue reading

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Fabric sale coming up: you need a chocolate cup cake!

“Real” red velvet chocolate cake. Celebrity chef recipe. Beetroot. Dark Chocolate. Cream cheese icing. Resistance was futile! These were made with Poh Ling Yeow’s recipe from her new cookbook Same Same But Different. Poh made hers as a 20 cm … Continue reading

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Christmas fruit cake in June

Being baked on the winter solstice makes it Christmas cake doesn’t it? Even when the winter solstice is in June? The cake can’t help being in the Southern hemisphere can it? Whatever. This isn’t ordinary fruit cake anyway. Its delicious. … Continue reading

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Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP

Ginger nuts This great recipe is thanks to Jorth. 200g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 cups raw sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour 6 teaspoons ground ginger (yes, I know that’s a lot, but … Continue reading

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Dude food and Jungle January tussles

He who Cooks doesn’t seem to have trouble with his ingredients having strong opinions. Not enough minced meat for burgers? Some of those spicy sausages in the fridge will lose their skins for the cause. My fabrics, however, can’t seem … Continue reading

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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas

There’s a wreath on the front door. thanks to Gardenmamas terrific tutorial, Felicity’s excellent execution and my fabulous fabric scraps The tree has been decorated. This important event required Felicity and Rory to wear appropriate clothing. And one of the … Continue reading

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Cappuccino cake

Yes, more baked goods! (If you are here for the sewing, click away now! or scroll to the bottom to see what’s in progress..) with my sister-in-law’s gorgeous red roses (Papa Meilland– stunning to look at and to smell) Ingredients … Continue reading

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