Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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A few weeks ago I received a message from one of my readers saying how much she loved my birthday cake recipe and asking if I could recommend a dairy-free cake recipe for her to bake for her daughter’s upcoming birthday. I consider myself extremely lucky that no-one in my household has a food allergy or intolerance so it’s not something I have to manage on a day-to-day basis, but I know from friends how hard it can be for children who want to be able to enjoy the same foods as others but simply can’t. I therefore jumped at the idea of figuring out a dairy-free cake recipe she could make to help her daughter have a really special day…

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Baileys Cupcakes

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing a wider variety of different recipes on my Facebook page, some of mine and some others that I’ve discovered that I think you’ll all like. I’ve noticed a definite theme over there and that is that you all seem to love bakes with alcohol in. Gin seems to be a popular choice, along with Prosecco and of course, Baileys. As Baileys is one of my favourite drinks (it’s just so yummy and creamy) I thought I’d have a go at creating my own delicious cake with it featuring as the main ingredient…

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Baileys Buttercream

It’s been at least a week since I last shared a buttercream recipe with you, so I thought it was about time I posted another one. This one is flavoured with one of my favourite things – Baileys Irish Cream 🙂

I’ve piped this buttercream onto some delicious Bailey’s cupcakes (recipe coming very soon) but it would also go brilliantly with other flavours such as vanilla, chocolate or coffee. As you know, I like to post my cupcakes and icing separately so you can mix-and-match the flavours to your heart’s content.

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Crispy Lamb and Pancakes

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Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb.

I’ve mentioned before that a great way to introduce more lamb into your diet is by simply switching it it for other meats in your favourite dishes (as I did with these lamb fajitas). Today’s recipe is another one along these lines – crispy lamb and pancakes, switching the duck used in one of my favourite Chinese takeaway dishes for lamb…

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Beer Burgers with Beer Onion Jam

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Sponsored by Expedia

I’ve mentioned before about how much I like using beer as an ingredient in my cooking, so when Expedia asked me to create a recipe using a beer from one of their list of Britain and Ireland’s Best Regional Breweries I was more than happy to take up the challenge…

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Gin & Lemon Scones

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I love getting creative in the kitchen testing out new flavour combinations and scones are perfect for a bit of experimentation. The obvious way to tweak them is by adding extra bits such as the fruit in these very berry scones or the marzipan and mincemeat in this festive version. However, you can also get creative with the liquid you use in the recipe too, infusing the dough with lots of flavour. Usually I use milk for my scones, but I thought I’d have a go with gin instead and they taste amazing…

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White Chocolate Buttercream

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My buttercream recipes seem to be very popular on here. I’ve had a few requests for a white chocolate version so not wanting to leave you without the recipes you need, here it is! If there’s a flavour of cake or buttercream that’s not on here but you’d like to see, then let me know and I’ll do my best to add it…

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Herbs

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Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb.

One food that I always love at this time of year is roast lamb and today’s recipe is one of my favourite ways to cook it. The roasted leg of lamb really speaks for itself in terms of flavour but also has subtle hints of garlic, mint and rosemary, three flavours that go with lamb extremely well (you’ll see them cropping up quite a lot in my lamb recipes)…

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Peanut Chicken Noodles

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These peanut chicken noodles have become a bit of a go-to meal in our house over the last few weeks. Aside from being really yummy, they also have the advantage of being quick to make so perfect if you’re short of time, and they’re also extremely versatile. It’s the perfect meal for using up what you happen to have in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. Each time I’ve made it I’ve kept the sauce the same but varied pretty much everything else… skipping the noodles or switching them for veggie ones made with carrots, courgette or the stalk of the broccoli, taking out the chicken to make it vegetarian, chopping up whatever vegetables I happen to have in the fridge or even chucking in some frozen peppers, onions, carrots and sweetcorn…

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