Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe

I love Cheesecake from chocolate to vanilla, we go way back. Cheesecake was always my ‘go to’ dessert when I was younger and we used to go to restaurants more often. I’ve always preferred the baked variety, I just love it’s dense texture and rich flavour.

cheesecake yum

When I first visited New York a few years ago I think I ate a slice of Cheesecake with just about every meal having heard about the reputation of the dessert in the Big Apple. Yet I’ve never made one before, until now.
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Sweet treats for Christmas

Yes, I just used the big C word. I know its only just the end of August but writing published articles pushes you into a schedule thats a month or two ahead of everyone else.

Since I got back there’s been so much going on and taking time to catch up is proving a little more difficult than I’d first thought. As part of my growing to do list I’ve been in the process of writing a new article for UK handmade.
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Cherry and Vanilla Jam recipe

You might remember last year I made some Cherry Jam, I thought this year I might revisit that post and add a little twist to it.

I always love the bounty of berries and soft fruit early summer brings before the summer heat really settles for the next few months. Cherries have to be one of my favourite fruits, they just dangle tantalisingly from branches waiting to be picked.
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Father’s Day tea party printables

Sunday was Father’s Day and I wracked my brain for ages trying to figure out what to do for my Dad. I decided a store bought gift just wasn’t going to cut it and I decided to indulge one of my Dad’s favourite things – afternoon cream tea.

If you’re not familiar with cream tea’s they’re simply scones served with clotted cream, jam and a pot of tea. I always put jam on first and then cream, I don’t know if thats the ‘correct’ way to do it but it works for me!
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Banana prune frozen yogurt recipe

Ok so banana and prunes don’t sound like the most appetizing combination ever but theres a reason behind such culinary madness.

Back when I was in University about 2006-2007 I decided I was going to become Vegetarian, unfortunately my body couldn’t keep up with such a dramatic shift in my diet. I took a bit of a nasty turn one day and it totally took me by surprise, the doctor told me it was a combination of stress and change in diet that had brought it on.
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Christmas with UK Handmade

Back in September I revealed that I’d be writing a Stollen recipe for UK Handmade. You can now find the winter edition of the magazine live containing my article.

If you’ve never made Stollen before because its too difficult or too intimidating I’d love to hear how you got on if you’ve made it. With Christmas fast approaching it’d make a great last minute home made gift.
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Halloween

I love autumn as you probably know by now but one particular highlight for me is Halloween. Every year I try and get my hands on a pumpkin or two for cooking rather than carving.

I’d noticed that this year there seemed to be a holdup in pumpkins hitting the shops even though there’d apparently been a bumper year due to the unseasonably warm weather at the start of spring.


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Gaea beads

I don’t often win contests but it would seem that August was a great month for it! I was fortunate enough to win these beautiful beads.

Gaea beads is based in sunny California creating porcelain beads that are unique and one of a kind. As well as beads you can also find pendants, earrings, rings and other gifts.

As you’d expect much of the inspiration for the pieces comes from the natural world, but there’s also magic and mystery to be found in Gaea’s shop. Each bead set has its own theme such as the pretty blues and greens of the mermaid bracelet.
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