Lemon Roast Chicken with Pumpkins and Potatoes

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I honestly didn’t plan on having a dinner party a couple of days ago. Mid-week dinner parties are never the best idea, I think, and it ends up becoming a stressful affair. However, I had the perfect excuse; two friends were going to be in town that night, and I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the opportunity to host them…

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Strawberry Banana Sorbet

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I know I told you this before, and I’m sure you’ll get sick of hearing about it over the next few months, but – summer’s here. Despite the happy sun on that picture, I can’t say I’m pleased about the arrival of summer. Summer in Chennai is a long drawn out tortuous affair during which time everything gets progressively hotter…

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Peanut Butter Fudge {No Stove Method}

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It’s never the end of the world when you have fudge. Especially this fudge. It’s magical. I know, I know. You’re all like, wait, did she say magical? Back the bus up! But yes, I did say that this fudge is magical, and now I’ll explain why. In 2002 I was living in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was quite a…

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Orange & Lemon Marmalade Muffins

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“I’m going down to get more jam”, said my boyfriend’s voice, suddenly, breaking into my thoughts. As some of you may know, I’ve been working rather hard recently writing my book, and it’s hard to switch gears when someone talks to you suddenly; your mind is far away in the world you created. “Mm”, I said. Then I realised what…

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White + Dark Hot Chocolate

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There are some days when you just need a series of comforting things. Today is one such day for me. I woke up this morning in a strangely convoluted position (well, you try sharing your bed with two cats), arranged myself properly, and then went back to sleep huddled up in my quilt while listening to the sound of the…

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A Very Proper High Tea

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There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.   — Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Anna, Duchess of Bedford, was the wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford, and is widely credited with the very civilised custom of taking afternoon tea. During Anna’s time (1788-1861) it was customary for…

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Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

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When my godson Benjamin was younger (he’s ten now) there was nothing he liked better than spending time with the coolest godmother in the world – aka me. He once spent an entire month with me when he was four; his parents were travelling in Europe at the time. We used to have the most awesome time together; we’d play,…

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I Love You THIS Much Cookies

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I’ve been talking about this for weeks, but I’ve finally completely revamped Sybaritic Pleasures! Personally, I’m loving the blog’s new look and feel, but I’d love to hear what you think. Do you love it as much as I do? I hope so! I took one look at the blog the other day (as it was all coming together) and…

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Pikelets

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I like them warm, and stacked, and soaked in syrup. I sometimes like to top them with flavoured yoghurt or eat them with butter; I even sometimes like to eat them with ice cream or topped with plain jam. Oh, and they marry beautifully with fruit. My favourite? Red luscious strawberries nestling on top of the pikelets. Just make sure…

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Coconut Cream Fudge

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So, I have a confession to make. It’s about coconut. I _adore_ it. It may not come as a complete surprise to those of you who have been faithfully reading my posts (just in case you missed the confession that I adore Bounty, here’s a link), but I just can’t have _enough_ coconut. That warm beautiful nut with its coarse…

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