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Lemon cherry ricotta loaf cake

March 1 2015
by emma

Ricotta makes a beautiful cake; soft with a delicate crumb.  So I decided to use some to make a lemon cake with soft, sweet cherries dotted throughout and a thick, fudgy berry icing.  Jam, preferably a decent, mostly fruit filled one, is perfect for whipping up a quick icing (I made this icing a while back) although this time I added a tablespoon of butter which gave it a rich creaminess.  It’s not strictly necessary as a dusting of icing sugar would also be nice.  The icing is pretty awesome though.

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    Happy Friday & double exposure

    February 27 2015
    by emma

    Happy Friday!

    (fun with double exposure and some old photos and postcards on Photoshop recently)

    double exposure

    double exposure

    double exposure

    double exposure

    double exposure

    double exposure

      Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness

      February 25 2015
      by emma

      Love this song by Lana (pretty much love everything she sings tbh).

      Image attribute: Lana Del Rey for Vogue Australia via: freeyork and photographed by Nicole Bentley

        Blackberry peach crumble (vegan)

        February 22 2015
        by emma


        I purchased some coconut oil ages ago and never know what to do with it!  I was going to use my usual unsalted butter for this crumble but then thought I’d try the bottle of coconut oil sitting gloomily at the back of my fridge instead.  Despite the fact that I’m not particularly paranoid about natural saturated fats, I’m not entirely convinced about the health benefits of coconut oil, what with all the diet related jibba jabba around the internet these days.

        It does make a beautiful crumble though, smells really nice and is a good substitute for butter in a kindly, animal friendly way and I respect that.  I couldn’t resist adding some fresh figs to this lovely crumble (I love crumbles!  They’re low maintenance to put together yet so delicious and I’ve really been loving the peaches this season).





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          Cocktail Fridays: the Old Fashioned

          February 20 2015
          by emma

          Blimey these are strong (they’re way more than a standard drink so be warned) though I felt so Mad Men and glamorous drinking one of these prohibition era cocktails – I don’t know how Don drinks them on the regular though, no wonder he’s drunk all the time!  And I’m the only one I know who loves those glace cherries but I do!

          Usually I’m a champagne or voddie girl but occasionally I like to branch out into the darker spirits and Ant likes a bit of bourbon, so we keep some decent stuff around.

          old fashioned recipe

          old fashioned

          old fashioned

          old fashioned

          old fashioned

           

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            Shrove Tuesday: maple syrup buttermilk pancakes with bacon (Canadian pancakes)

            February 17 2015

            maple bacon pancakes

            This is actually one of my favourite pancake combos surprisingly, given that I mainly use fruit in/on my pancakes.  I love to order pancakes with a side of bacon and a sea of maple syrup poured over when I’m out for breakfast and the first time I had them I couldn’t believe how good the combo was, just like salty/sweet candy.  The bacon must be crispy though!  Very important – I don’t eat a lot of bacon but I am picky about how it’s cooked.

            And these are proper thick pancakes!  If you prefer them a bit thinner or want to stretch out the mixture to 8 pancakes, add a bit more buttermilk and use a smaller measuring cup while cooking them.

            And can I just say how fantastic streaky crispy bacon is?  Normally I buy the low fat one which is a poor second really.  And I was so impressed by the bacon sizzling in the oven Ant made a video icon_drool

            maple bacon pancakes

            maple bacon pancakes

            maple bacon pancakes

            canadian pancakes

            maple bacon pancakes

            maple bacon pancakes

            Bacon from Emma Cooke on Vimeo.

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              Roast breakfast peaches

              February 15 2015

              roast peaches

              The fragrance of these roast peaches throughout the house while baking! Vanilla scented, sweet and caramelised – a lovely (and health conscious) breakfast, even if you do have to turn on the oven on a sunny morning. Totally worth it and their warm sweetness went so well with some cool Greek yoghurt.

              roasting peaches
              sweet roast peaches
              roast breakfast peaches

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                Happy Friday & Valentines Day

                February 13 2015
                by emma

                Oh hi all.

                Happy Friday and happy Valentines for tomorrow too if you celebrate it!

                double exposure
                valentines daypink peonies polaroid
                spring peonies bunch
                sunset

                  Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

                  February 11 2015
                  by emma

                  skeleton-twins

                  I LOVE this scene from the beautiful movie, The Skeleton Twins, it’s so awesome (I find it incredibly difficult not to sing along to it – child of the 80s alert).  And here’s gorgeous Kristen Wiig’s last show send-off on SNL.

                  Top image from the movie: The Skeleton Twins, USA, 2014, Duplass Brothers Productions, Venture Forth
                  YouTube video from
                  Song: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us now, Jefferson Starship, 1987

                    Cherry coconut muffins

                    February 8 2015
                    by emma

                    Some sweet treats I made recently.  Cherries are lovely in cakes and muffins as they’re so darkly luscious but also, the coconut and vanilla flavours really shone through in these.

                    cherry coconut muffins

                    cherry coconut muffins

                    cherry coconut muffins

                    cherry coconut muffins

                    cherry coconut muffins

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