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Chilli chocolate pots

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This is possibly one of my favourite desserts ever, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! If you don’t like chilli chocolate then you could just use good quality dark chocolate, but the chilli gives it a nice warming aftertaste. I used Lindt chocolate for this recipe, which comes from The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries. It goes really well after a curry – make sure you check out my posts about the Chicken tikka masala and Saag aloo which are also from this great book! Continue reading

Chicken Tikka Masala

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I love a good curry, and have recently discovered The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries book, which has pretty much every curry and side dish you’d ever want to make in it! I have to say that now I’ve made my first one from scratch (yes, I’m happy to admit that!) I’m going to make them every time. Using fresh spices really makes a difference, and the effort is worth it. I’ve started with my favourite, this chicken tikka masala – look out for the saag aloo recipe today too, as I served that with the meal. Continue reading…

The handmade Christmas gift challenge

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This year, me and Tom decided that we’d make each other a Christmas present with a budget of £10. I’ve been meaning to get around to making Christmas stockings, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a lovely template in issue 33 of Mollie Makes magazine – it is originally a template for a quilted stocking, but I wanted to make a felt one. I’ve seen lots of templates with funny shaped feet, so I was pleased to find it! I bought this lovely wool felt from Wool Felt Company (the shades are Christmas red and dark green) and I already had the other trimmings. Continue reading…

Tutorial: Mini Christmas cards and envelopes

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This year I decided to make mini Christmas cards and envelopes (well, A7 sized ones). This was because I found some super cool Christmas pudding paper (made by Vivid but I bought it in Fenwicks in Newcastle) that I wanted to cut up and stick on to a card, and I decided that a single pudding would have got a bit lost on a bigger card. But my Christmas plans have been incredibly last-minute and I was up until midnight on Tuesday making and writing them so that I could make the 2nd class post deadline – argh! I’m normally super organised but this November and the start of December completely passed me by!

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