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Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend is treating you well.

It has been a while since I’ve done a Five Questions post, in fact, there has only ever been one of these which was never the plan, but that is life when you are riding the wave and plans aren’t written down (amirit?!).

The ever lovely Kate from The Little Loaf blog has been someone I’ve followed since early in my own blogging days. Her talent and joy comes off the page and since connecting with her, it’s obvious that she really is just a truly wonderful person.

Between caring for her still very young son Nino, baking and having a full life she took the time to answer some questions for those people who are new to baking or want to see a new angle on baking then this interview is for you!

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Quindim - Coconut Flan

It’s rare that someone asks you to fill them in on your life, but that is what I faced when I was reunited with some friends after thirteen years apart on Tuesday. What would you tell someone who asks you that question…”tell me about your life?” Reconnecting with some souls from my teens in a small town here in Northern Germany and our lives couldn’t be more different making it a bittersweet reunion.

Life has this way of flying by and some old friends lives can continue a thousand miles from our very own which is what I was confronted with so I opted to keep my story short and ask more questions then answer the most open ended question I could have imagined.

Brazilian Coconut Flan - Quindim

Brazilian Coconut Flan

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Coffee Cookies with Chocolate Filling

In this world of coffee drinkers, it is almost odd when someone does not drink coffee. When these non coffee drinkers seek out hot chocolate or tea or if they are so lucky, they seek out the rare (though not as rare as they used to be) chai lattes. Coffee is one of the biggest business on earth and a vast majority of people struggle to simply start their day without the black stuff, but amongst the masses lives a few unicorns who exist just fine without it.

Being a non coffee drinker makes for odd looks, questions like “oh so you drink tea?” (the answer is no, making for more odd looks), and the power to get out the front door without a beverage in hand beyond some simple water is at times gratifying. Coffee though, is an ingredient that has been gifted to us, it only makes sense to use it in some baking and cookies seem like a great place to start.

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Coffee Cookies with Chocolate Filling2

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Belgium is a small country lying next to the North Sea and sandwich between France, Luxembourg, Germany and Holland and is renowned for it’s love of fries, beer and chocolate. It’s a progressive country with a charm that isn’t lost when visiting. This week’s attacks rocked this small nation so my original plans for my posts this week were put on hold and I had to find a way to share my own feelings about a country I’ve visited four times in the last three years.

The best description I could give you of this country is the flat green expanse that goes on as long as the road leads towards cities. It’s people are like you and me and love food and a good time. Their history with chocolate extends back centuries and their love of beer extends back even further.

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Irish Brown Bread / Roamingtaste

So I could be all coy and say how the Irish Soda Bread is something that is easily found on it’s shores. But I’m not cap.a.ble. Simply not capable. You see, the first slice of this stuff will have you waving your waiter at that pub you’re in, while it’s probably raining outside and you have a glorious bowl of soup in front of you and you know immediately that the portion of bread they have given you is.just.not.going.to.do.

A little melodramatic perhaps, but I ain’t playin when I say this stuff will make you want a loaf for the plane ride home and even then it won’t last long enough. It’s comforting and so perfect and every chance I got I had to get some of this while meandering the streets of Dublin.

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Irish Brown Bread / Roamingtaste

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The oft gray skies of Dublin may be drenched by pouring rain, but within that exists a population of smiling, kind and welcoming people which will make you glad you made the effort to come to the Emerald Isle, even if its only brief.

The beauty of Dublin is that you can walk to almost all the vital sights within a few hours, though some may require that you spend more time exploring those sights once there so while 48 hours may not seem very long, you could successfully tick off a lot of sights, eat some great food, including Irish Brown Bread (recipe on the blog tomorrow for when you want to make it in your own kitchen) and hear some traditional Irish music. Yes, you can save sleep for another time because 48 hours in this city will likely enthrall you too much to want to get much rest anyhow.

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Being a grown up with free time is one of the absolute luxuries of life, I really noted this yesterday when I went to the museum after a short class (yes, I’m a jobless hobo who is using my time wisely) and being two o’clock in the afternoon, it was full of classes of school kids filling out forms.

Meanwhile I could go and see whatever I wanted and wander about in all my carefree loving time. Being jobless has seen me have a wonderful afternoon of six layer chocolate cake on a Monday. A free event for International Woman’s Day which was a great discussion. A class on over a long lunch on a Thursday and today’s schedule is filled with a little work. Yes, being an adult with free time is pretty.damn.wonderful.

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Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Honey Glaze / Roamingtaste

The last few months of being somewhere can be summed up in lasts. The last time you get to go to that restaurant you’ve shared memories with other souls over incredible food.

The last time you get to introduce friends to some of your favorite spots, those hidden away from tourists.  Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

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I can confidently say that the last two weeks of February were a roller coaster of moving, sending boxes back to New Zealand and saying goodbye to the last home I have had here before I depart UK shores for good in April. I hope your February was a little calmer? How is your 2016 shaping up?

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Some recipes have the power to bring back sweet childhood memories and today’s post is exactly that. My father is not a good cook, nor baker. Somehow his talent in the kitchen is the ability to make almost any recipe taste the same, that.is.a.talent!

He is a fudge man though, he loves the stuff and he taught my brother and I to embrace these sweet melt in your mouth morsels whenever we would stumble on them at fairs. And once upon a time, while my mother was away for the day, the three of us made this fudge.

I remember glimpses of sugar strewn across the bench and the amount of laughter had, we likely consumed what we made pretty quick, though I don’t remember eating it. At the time, when we left that kitchen like a bomb had exploded my mind was full of sugary happiness at the joy we had experienced together.

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It’s actually happening and some people are surprised, I’m leaving London in two months as excited as a wild horse who’s been penned up for a while and the gate is slowly being opened to let me free again. I know, I’m not making my time here sound very fun, but a post regarding this will come soon enough, I think the one thing I can say is that this is a place that’s known for being tough.

Before I go though, I have to find a new roommate because I’ll be staying with a friend until I depart at the end of April and this task is like finding a needle in a haystack. Even though we’ve met some cool people, no one seems to be good enough to stick for those who live in the flat. The reality of making a decision from five minutes in a stranger’s company and feeling that they would be a good fit is difficult and it’s further confined by those who respond to the advertisement. Anyway, the search continues and I’ll be eating this Brændende Kærlighed or better translated to Burning Love to ease my way through finding that person. I get it, people love potatoes and bacon so putting these two together seems like an obvious name, but it’s also not something I ever thought I would find a dish being called, let alone something I would make.

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Twenty sixteen has hit me over the head with two colds thus far, I know, barely the second week into February and I’m sneezing up a storm again through work. It is also hard to get out into the cold breeze and rain to train for a trip I really need to be fit for. Needless to say the best effort I can do is go up and down the stairs between coughing or go home and give in to my heavy eyelids before ten pm.

It’s International Pancake Day and let’s face it, if you haven’t had a reason to have pancakes for every meal before, this day sure gives you one. I’m planning on having pancakes for dinner, my mum’s ones because I can’t eat the entire stack in one sitting which means pancake day will live a little longer in my house. Pancake’s were a thing growing up and they are hands down my brother’s favorite recipe to request our mum to make.

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“Don’t let fear of what could happen let nothing happen.” – Someone somewhere

Fear is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. A new year is about making goals or reevaluating goals to achieve and usually when we remind ourselves or are working towards something we don’t feel completely assured in there is a fear involved in reaching that goal.

Fear can be a great limiter to achieving something, it can be the thing your mind focuses on instead of just achieving whatever that goal is. I found this last week when I was finally preparing the submission for my book for agents. It’s been a long road and on the last couple of edits I took my time knowing that the next step is terrifying. It is all about being open to rejection, yet what is the worst that can happen with a no?

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