This Luxury fragrance and personal care range is heaven sent Every time I fly, which is an awful lot, I like to buy a new luxury fragrance. I have a lovely collection of perfumes and Eau de toilettes which I buy without smelling them first. So far I have a 100% success rate for keeping the ‘blind buys’. This routine came to a grinding halt when I found the scent of my dreams, and I have not looked back since our meeting a year and a half ago. Every time I use these products people stop and ask which…

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200g butter, softened (I use salted) 350g soft light brown sugar seeds of ½ vanilla pod or ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp Camp coffee essence (optional) 6 medium eggs (at room temperature) 280g wholemeal or regular self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 60g cocoa powder 210g crème fraîche (at room temperature) FOR THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING 120g dark chocolate, melted 180g butter, softened 375g icing sugar 2 tbsp double cream FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE DRIZZLE 140ml double cream 140g dark chocolate, roughly chopped, plus extra for grating EQUIPMENT 3 x 20cm round cake tins stand mixer or hand-held electric whisk…

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Quite possibly the easiest Vegan/Vegetarian pizza flatbread in the world. So this is a vegan pizza and a skin friendly one too. I have played around with some oatmeal flour and some buckwheat flour to make it gluten-free but you can also use a regular gluten-containing Strong white flour or just a gluten-free flour like Doves which would work well. If you do use different flour  you may have to adjust the water content a little bit, to give you a kneadable dough that is not to dry and that is not so wet that it sticks to the surface.…

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Vegan lasagne with Shiitake and chestnut mushrooms,  hazelnuts and thyme The holidays are just around the corner and you are perhaps getting your food ready for the weekend. You have all of the usual suspects but you have vegan/vegetarian coming around and you really want to do something extra special. Here is the answer. A delicious Vegan lasagne to wow your non-meat eating friends. I hope you find that it tastes so good for you that your meat eating guests can’t get enough of it too! I large onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 large handful…

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Simnel cakes are light fruit cakes that are traditionally made at Easter. Many people in my family are not fans of rich fruit cake, but throw some chocolate in and they come running for it! I hope you like this twist on the traditional. Use whatever dried fruits and nuts you prefer, just keep the quantities the same. 150g butter, softened (I use salted) 220g caster sugar 120g sour cream 4 medium eggs 180g self-raising flour, plus 2 tbsp for dusting the raisins (see tip) 40g cocoa powder (sifted if lumpy) ½ tsp baking powder 100g toasted skinned hazelnuts, finely…

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