Browsing Category : Sweets

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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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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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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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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Beetroot Pudding (Beetroot Halva)

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You may have just done a double take. Beetroot PUDDING, I hear you ask, with horror in your voice? Yes, indeedy. You see, beetroots have a higher sugar content in them than most vegetables. They’re already partial to dessert; they take to extra sugar and ghee and milk like I take to wine. (Really.) Somebody recently told me that beetroots…

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Cherry Loaf Cake

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Recently my new foodie friend Martyna posted her recipe for delicious homemade cherry ripe bites which arrived promptly in my inbox. I read through it and wanted it instantly; although I’ve never eaten Cherry Ripe before, it sounds like the sort of chocolate I’d love. Besides, her other favourite chocolate bar is Bounty, which is also one of my favourite…

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Sunny Lemon Cake

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I don’t care who knows it, but I am an absolute _citrus fanatic_. I love _anything_ citrus; I mean, my favourite perfume is described as ‘woody, with notes of orange and grapefruit lending it a touch of spring’. I mean it. I adore everything to do with citrus. A friend had a birthday recently and I was asked to ‘rustle…

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Lamingtons

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When I first travelled to Australia in the late nineties, Sydney didn’t have as vibrant a food scene as it does today. But what it did have were new things for me to discover and fall in love with. I learned to love vegemite on buttered toast, and Tim Tams were obviously too gorgeous to resist. But my favourite discovery…

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