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I had the pleasure of being invited to collaborate on a photo shoot last July designed and planned by the talented Grace and Saviour Styling and photographed by Paula O'Hara Photography. I am in love with this one and thrilled to see the full shoot now published on prestigious wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes. In this blog post I wanted to give a little insight into the inspiration for the shoot and corresponding brief for the cakes...with a sneak peak of the result!
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I love to bake with herbs either in savoury recipes themselves or to add a savoury twist to sweet recipes. My herb garden is currently abundant with beautiful leaves, from flowering thyme and sage to chives and rosemary. A new addition to my herbs this year was lemon balm.
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Much attention has been focussed of late on the scourge of plastics in our oceans and environment, with dire consequences for future generations unless we take action. Living beside the sea, we see at first hand the waste that is routinely washed up on our little stretch of coast. Since last year my family has worked to take one small step at a time to reduce plastic use, and waste in general, in our home, each thing we eliminate is one less piece of plastic or waste in our environment. But what about my business?
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Wedding cake tasting must be up there amongst the most enjoyable aspects of planning your big day. What is not to love about sampling delicious cake and deciding what flavours would be most enjoyed by you and your guests?!
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February is synonymous with Valentine’s Day which calls for some romantic baking! Dark chocolate and raspberry are a match made in heaven...here I have spiced up the combination in a cupcake recipe with the addition of some pink peppercorns.
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I always make a batch of homemade mincemeat in December, ready to make mince pies or other festive goods throughout the month. My version is vegetarian and sweetened only with the dried fruit itself so I feel it is a tiny bit healthier (!). This year I made these scones for Christmas morning but with a spare jar of two of mincemeat in the fridge come January I thought they are also a great bake to use up leftover mincemeat after the festive season. With a hint of spice and the sweetness of the fruit they are deliciously comforting straight from the oven with a cup of tea on a dark and cold January day!
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I have to admit that I have a little cookbook obsession, which in recent years has obviously been focused more on those related to baking and cake decorating. Despite the wealth of recipes and cake decorating information available online, I adore nothing more than browsing the cooking section of a good bookshop and selecting a beautifully photographed tome of recipes and tips to add to my bookshelf (Anyone else with me?!).
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I recently received the most amazingly fragrant organic edible roses from Bumblebee Flower Farm in West Cork. The scent was something that you would never get from a standard shop-bought rose...these roses were those that you just wish to close your eyes and breathe for. My purpose was to try out some of the beautiful summer blooms from Bumblebee Farm for use as decoration in some of my cake designs, but I couldn't pass the smell of these roses without thinking that I had to incorporate that scent into a cake too!
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I was beyond thrilled to have attended (and won!) the Golden Tier Awards in New York last month. Bowled over actually is more like it! The Golden Tier Awards is the first American-hosted, international awards show of its kind, recognising the contribution of pastry chefs, cake and sugar-artists, dessert professionals, authors and writers, chocolatiers, instructors, and retailers and celebrating the very best the industry has to offer.
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I recently came across dried Hibiscus flowers on one of my many compulsive deli wanderings. Ruby red in colour, it is consumed as a tea, with a tart berry-like flavour, often requiring the addition of sugar to counteract this. I love using teas to flavour cakes and decided to try Hibiscus in a loaf cake, paired with the classic combination of lemon and raspberry.