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Irish Soda Bread, or Living La Dulse Vita in Belfast’s St George’s Market

Have you got a particular place you always think of when talking about food? A favourite restaurant, a particular kitchen, or a shop you went to as a child? For me, when talking about food shopping, I always think of St George’s Market in Belfast, which takes place in an old Victorian covered market on Fridays and…

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Chelsea Buns, With a Nutty Twist

Living in exile means not only missing the foods you grew up with, but also falling in love with the foods you encounter in your new home. In an ideal world, you are able to combine the flavours and textures in some sort of fusion – which is what I have tried to do with…

Schwarzbrot

German Country Bread, or Schwarzbrot 2.0

Bread is so important to a German diet that we have an entire meal named after it: our evening meal, ‘Abendbrot‘, means literally ‘evening bread’ and consists of, you guessed it, bread, cold meats, cheese, and salads. We have quite a reputation for our breads, too, at least on the continent: rye bread, buttered and with slices of cooked…

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Chinese-inspired Pork Dumplings

Dumplings are part of most countries’ cuisines, and I have been making my own fair share of German, Eastern European and South American versions. What I had never attempted before were Chinese dumplings: with their intricate shapes and complex flavours, they seemed way out of my league. But this all changed – thanks to this…

Hello Kitty Birthday treats

Themed Birthday Cakes and Treats

After going against tradition with my allotment-style wedding cake and the Spiderman cake I made for my daughter’s birthday, here is the proof that I can do ‘traditional’, too: Can you guess the theme of this 3rd birthday party? I promise I’ll post a ‘Hello Kitty’ picture to the first person to write the correct…