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Angel Food Cake for British Kitchens

8 Comments 14 November 2011

This is a cake from my childhood. I often requested this for birthdays because I loved the white, light texture and the distinctive vanilla with a hint of something else (which I later discovered was almond) that I couldn’t quite put my finger on because it was so faint. It was a pretty cake, a […]

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My Secret Ingredient

19 Comments 10 November 2011

This is my spice/oil/condiment/whatever cupboard. There is one secret ingredient in here that I add to several dishes–my chilli is extra special because of it, some of my Tex Mex mixes have an extra something because of it, and yesterday I made scrambled eggs with finely sliced pepper and onion, a bit of cumin and […]

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Popcorn Balls

6 Comments 31 October 2011

Want a quintessential American Halloween party food? Fed up with the trick to get us to eat fresh food by disguising it under toffee? (That’s how I perceived the toffee apples when I was a child.) Like the idea of something a bit different? Want a treat that looks fun in a display? I’ve got […]

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Snickerdoodles, the Amazing Anytime of the Year Cookie

16 Comments 24 October 2011

Snickerdoodles are the current favourite cookie in The American Resident’s house. Read this closely: they’re super easy. Got that? Even the most baking-phobic of you an do this. Now read this: they’re very, very more-ish. You’ve been warned. When I Google the word ‘snickerdoodle’ I get hundreds of sites with recipes (mostly American) so this […]

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Things you never thought about Cornbread

18 Comments 20 September 2011

Cornbread is one of those things that takes a minor paradigm shift in order to enjoy if you haven’t grown up with it. It can appear in many forms–a loaf, a cake pan, muffin cases, there’s even cast iron pans with recesses shaped like ears of corn for making it. But whatever shape it takes, […]

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How to feel triumphant

8 Comments 12 September 2011

The trick to feeling triumphant? Do something you are afraid of doing. Or do something you didn’t think you could do. Or do something you were told you wouldn’t be able to do. And it doesn’t have to be something that inspires awe in the masses, just something you previously had on the No Go […]

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Inspiring Food Blogs

15 Comments 15 August 2011

Taking a break from the usual I-make-a-snack-and-post-it-on-here, I thought I’d share some of my favourite food blogs. These are the blogs I go to for inspiration–and sometimes recipes. It’s fun to just admire the photography on some of these but several have also supplied some really great recipes to the Michelloui household. Being a lover […]

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Baked Chips (or French Fries)

7 Comments 08 August 2011

Or whatever you call them. I’ll call them chips because I’m in the UK. These are easy and tasty and healthier than the fried option. Kids can make these and you can experiment with seasonings. Oh, and your kitchen will smell fantastic. What’s not to like? Baked Chips (or French Fries) #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews […]

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Ever Hear of a Flavour Thesaurus?

4 Comments 22 July 2011

I love the idea of a flavour thesaurus. Have you ever looked in your cupboards and fridge and thought: ok, I have chicken, now what? Then this book is for you. The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit is one of my favourite cookery books. I flick through it even when I’m not trying to create a meal. […]

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The Perfect Cheeseboard

6 Comments 18 July 2011

The perfect cheeseboard is a selection of your favourite cheeses, of course. But if you’re wanting to put together the ideal cheeseboard for a dinner or drinks party, I have a few tips. In a mildly rebellious divergence from my usual Monday ‘American snack for UK readers’ post I decided to enlighten the American readers […]

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Quesadillas

16 Comments 11 July 2011

Kay-sa-DEE-yas. Grate some cheese, add some nice stuff, sandwich it between two tortillas, lay flat on the frying pan, when cheese starts to melt, flip it over for 30 seconds, slide onto a plate and cut into wedges. Can any snack be any easier? Or tastier? I rustled up some of these this past weekend […]

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‘smores (and Happy Fourth of July!)

31 Comments 04 July 2011

Well it’s the Fourth of July, I had to use ‘smores today! In Britain this day is known as the American’s Independence Day. I get asked, ‘do you celebrate Independence Day even though you’re in Britain?’ When I first moved here this was briefly confusing. ‘Oh, you men The Fourth of July!’ Which is weird […]

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Mini Tuna Melts

10 Comments 27 June 2011

I found this on Martha’s site. I was Googling American snacks or something like that in an attempt to remember things I had in the States that aren’t common (or even known) here. I came across this snacky version of a popular American recipe. Calling this a ‘recipe’ glorifies it a bit, but anyway, here […]

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Baked Camembert

5 Comments 13 June 2011

This is so easy it’s almost not a recipe. I know I usually try to go for an American twist–introducing snacks from American origins to the British readers (and giving the expat Americans a few sentimental moments here and there) but as we made this for lunch over the weekend and it was so easy […]

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Earl Grey at Source

14 Comments 10 June 2011

My husband and I recently had one day to spend in Northumberland and as there is so much to do we spent the whole drive there trying to work out what to do. Finally we decided to visit Howick Hall, have lunch in their tea room and walk around their arboretum, then drive the short […]

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Pizza Pops

16 Comments 06 June 2011

Or mini calzone. ‘Pizza Pops’ is the name given to these snacks by the North American frozen food industry because it’s snappy and sounds good to kids, where Mini Calzone sounds too grown up. I guess. Call them what you will, they’re very more-ish and easy to make and yes, you can make them ahead […]

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