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Happy Sunday! I hope its full of bright sunshine and relaxing vibes.

Today’s interview comes about because of Instagram, for I would never have known who Dan Seidman was without it. I can’t tell you how I found him, though it was likely on one of those prompts of ‘you’ll like images’ and I’ve followed him from afar ever since with his photos speaking for themselves.

Instagram is one of those places that you can spend several minutes double tapping images countless people have taken while exploring all interests you have. Most friends I have really only have private accounts and follow only people they know, with the rare exception of someone they’re interested in (therefore the high count of Selena Gomez’ Instagram).

The Chef Dan‘s clean and modern recipes are beautiful to look at and after a while of loving his Insta photos, it seemed only too perfect to interview him for Five Questions, read on for three essentials to making a standout burger and a simple noodle recipe that Dan has gotten a lot of great feedback on.

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It’s Friday so it seems only worth it to have a slice of chocolate cake. Making it to the end of the week, through the early mornings and the wrangling of tasks and people just to sit down and have a moment of peace with some fudgy, chocolate cake. Sweden has a cake just for your needs if this is what you’re currently hankering. And, even though it’s probably a cake you’ve never heard of, the ingredients are probably already sitting in your cupboard.

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The last two weeks can best be summed up as hectic, crazy, full.of.life. A bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, weekend in Yosemite, wine tastings, making new friends and not as much sleep as the body needs. How was your May been? What are your summer plans and what are you most looking forward to for the upcoming months?

While lying in the warm sunshine yesterday it was clear that the days are only getting brighter and warmer which couldn’t happen fast enough for this impatient soul. Meanwhile, I’m still traveling, filling every spare moment with seeing people and not sleeping as much as my now heavy eyes wish.

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And so time has arrived at May and I’m no longer a London resident. This small detail of moving abroad again has not really been mentioned here much since I came to the decision at the end of last year. Then time flew and the past two months I’ve had barely any internet. Fighting public wifi and traveling has meant I’ve had little time to share many recipes.

The days flew by and there was so much seen, done and experienced that it feels like only my pictures can best capture what happened in my world.

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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.

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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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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

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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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