People take a lot of things for granted. If you grow up eating yummy, fully baked, whole grain bread, you’re shocked by the spongey mess the British eat. And the British, who grow up knowing what carrot cake is, will look at you funny if you’re never heard of putting veggies in desert.

Which leads me to banana bread. I’m 29 and I have just discovered this. I was instantly, and utterly, hooked. Where have you been all my life, delicious banana bread?

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In which I do Science!

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I’m nothing if not a follower of trends. And you can’t swing a whisk around on the interwebs without hitting pictures of pretty, geeky cupcakes. I feel a project coming up.

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I like cheesecake. It’s just yummy enough to be, well, yummy. And it’s not addiction level moreish, so that i can stop myself from eating the whole thing in one half hour.

It also lends itself to experimenting a lot more than regular cake or cookies, because your end result has a low fail rate. It might be runny, or slightly overbaked, but it will still be cheesecake.

The following is an adaptation of this. This cheesecake is semi-guiltless, because it’s mostly yoghurt. That’s like… healthy! At least until I start adding random gorgeous stuff.

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Bagels are awesome, to the point where I’m mildly obsessed with them. If you’ve ever been in the North of the US, you’ll have seen and hopefully eaten them. A large amount of people in New York and Boston seem to be entirely sustained by the stuff. Sadly, they’re also kinda hard to find where I live.

DIY it is.

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 In which I try out things I find on the interwebs.

Recently, I’ve developed a certain addiction to food blogs. And one of the first ones that I fell in love with is Bakerella. I mean, just look at the things she makes. Even my Valentine hating self wants one of those truffle cake things.

 

Thing is, it’s fairly obvious that Bakerella knows what she’s doing. And I don’t. So today’s experiment tries to gauge if normal, non-baking-goddesses (or at least non-spandex-clad baking vixens) can pull that stuff off.

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Sherlock Holmes is a very good film, and this is a very spoilery blog post. If you haven’t watched Sherlock Holmes, don’t read this post. And I don’t mean “if you haven’t watched Sherlock Holmes but you intend to and don’t want to be exposed to spoilers” – if you haven’t watched Sherlock Holmes, whether because you haven’t got round to it or don’t plan to, go away. Watch the film. Then come back. If you read this post then later decide to watch the film, there’ll be no magic left in it, so to speak. Well, it’d suck, anyway.

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