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Cooled and ready to go... Creamy eggnog made with a cooked custard

Cooled and ready to go...
Creamy eggnog made with a cooked custard

Serve with a light sprinkling of grated nutmeg for a little extra something, and, a bit of Christmas

Get Your 'Nog On


I love Christmas. It's my favourite holiday, no question about it. I love the lights, the food, the excuse for a nip of booze here and there all in the name of warming up...

I also love eggnog! 

I've been making this version for the last four years and if you've never tried it because you don't like the idea of drinking raw eggs, well, maybe this will change your mind. It's made using a cooked custard, a very easy cooked custard, so no egg sushi to worry about! I like mine with Cognac, but you could use dark rum or whiskey as your tipple of choice.

So go on, get your 'nog on! And, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)

Follow this link to the full recipe


It's Official...

I am now an international award winning food video producer. Say whaaaat?! Yes, you heard me. My carrot cake video won its section at the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards. I have a shiny trophy to prove it! (I also have a video on my phone of me swearing in happy delight as I arrive back at my spot in the audience after collecting my award ;) )

I'll be writing up a post about the event, with a suitable recipe, so keep your eyes peeled! But for now, you can see my award winning video -ahem- over here. Just click the link!

Happy baking!


Pictures Speak Louder Than Words...

I have a new video up! A very simple technique for filling cupcakes with delicious things like ganache or curds or jams or mousse or other lovely delicious things. Mmmm... Really, it's so easy, so have a look at this video, makes some cupcake, fill those cupcakes and then finish them off with a lovely buttercream swirl!

Speaking of buttercream swirls, want to know how to do those lovely bakery looking frosting finishes on a cupcake? I've got another video for you! And not just buttercream swirls, also what I like to call a "kiss of frosting."

So have a lookie in this post which includes a recipe for basic or simple buttercream, or on my video page

Happy frosting!


Let me introduce you to my better half...

And by better, I mean, less calorific. Actually, that's not even right. Erm. More personal trainer approved! That's it!

My site has gone through a Jekyll and Hyde transformation. The Decadent, this side, is for the bad side of me who loves frosting and cake and puddings and desserts and luscious meals. 

The Disciplined side, however, is me trying to get my eating habits in line. I've been with a personal trainer for a while now, but there are only so many squats, rows, bench presses and burpees you can do, the rest is down to diet! So, in an attempt to get back to a healthier size, I've decided I need my blogging to help me out with my food choices. 

Not to say that the recipes over on the Disciplined side will be bland and boring, on the contrary. They're still going to be full of flavour, but just a little more concious of what goes into them. So, no refined sugars, lots of whole ingredients, plenty of protein and healthy fats. If you're starting your own fitness regime that has you lifting weights and whatnot, check it out, you might find a few recipes that fit in with your eating plan!

Happy baking!

- MandyM


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Favourite Treats Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes

Favourite Treats

Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes

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