Recipe: Pear and cinnamon galette

Who doesn’t love an autumnal Sunday? I’ve spent mine pottering in the kitchen, cooking up a feast for some of my favourite people, which was topped off with this gorgeous pear galette. I generally steer away from pastry (too much of a faff, and I lack the patience!), especially if I’m also juggling lots of different components for the first course – which I was today, with a roast chicken and all the trimmings to think about – but this was so simple it almost felt like cheating. No blind baking, no messing around with a fancy fluted tin – just a method so easy, even a pastry novice like me could nail it!
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Recipe: Apple and blackberry crumble cake {an award-winner!}

This is one of my absolute favourite cakes. I’ve made it so many times – including for a Women’s Institute’s cake stall at a street festival, for various afternoon teas, and more recently for the cake table at my lovely friend Jennie’s wedding – when it actually won a prize! I’d never won a prize for my baking before, so to say I was surprised is an understatement. Thrilling!
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Travel: a Norway road trip

Hello there, and apologies for the lack of posts recently! This summer has been busy with lots of lovely distractions – weddings in abundance, hen weekends, and trips away – which has all been huge fun, although left little time for cooking and blogging.

I’m back at home for a bit now, and reflecting on a wonderful trip to Norway that James (my partner) and I took earlier this month. We flew into Oslo, hired a car, and our route took us to Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Myrkdalen, Norangsfjorden, Lillehammer, and finally back to Oslo after eleven days soaking up the stunning scenery – and, true to form, enjoying some delicious Norwegian food.
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Recipe: Lime and coconut cake

Ah, lime and coconut. It’s one of those flavour combinations made in heaven. I’ve wanted to attempt a cake like this one ever since I tried a deliciously damp and sticky slice at a tea room in Lincoln, and was determined to recreate it. The rich coconut works perfectly with the fresh sharpness of the lime. I love the slight chewy texture given by the desiccated coconut.
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Travel: a long weekend in Copenhagen

Welcome to a new area of The Secret Spatula: travel! If you’re anything like me, your holidays will revolve around seeking out the best local food offerings. A recent trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen was no exception. My partner, James, and I spent the early May bank holiday weekend walking for miles around Copenhagen, taking in the sights and sampling some fantastic food.
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