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Which personali-tea are you?

Which personali-tea are you?

Bit of a silly one here for you today, but y’know. Sorry-not-sorry, and all that. Are you a tea drinker? I imagine you would be – the majority of Britons are regular tea drinkers, even as coffee becomes more and more popular. Personally I think the only reason coffee sales are up and tea sales
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The power of positive thinking

The power of positive thinking

In this week’s weight-loss diary, I look at trying to be a bit more positive in the face of feeling like crap.   The most significant part of the video for me is this – the photo on the left was taken in April 2014, the photo on the right was taken October 18th 2014.
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How to temper chocolate

How to temper chocolate

If you want beautiful shiny chocolate to finish your bake, you’re going to need to temper it. This basically means aligning the cocoa butter crystals by raising the temperature of chocolate, cooling it, then raising it again. Tempered chocolate will be shiny and have a lovely snap to it, whereas untempered chocolate may look dull.
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My day at Unilever HQ

My day at Unilever HQ

On Monday, I went to Unilever HQ. We started the day with PG Tips, learning about the correct way to brew tea. Key learning: You should brew black tea with water at 95 degrees, and green tea with water at 80 degrees. Anything hotter burns it. You know that green tea so often tastes like
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Feeling sick, losing weight

Feeling sick, losing weight

Want to lose three pounds in two days? Try getting an IBS attack! (Note: I absolutely do not recommend it. It’s horrible. I didn’t eat for two days, and when I did it I didn’t keep it in my tummy for very long. I was sick and in pain and sent home from work.)  

Leek, Lamb and Mint Pies with Cheese Pastry

Leek, Lamb and Mint Pies with Cheese Pastry

Round one of Euphorium Bakery’s Cake That! competition was the signature bake. I made sweet potato, spinach and goat cheese plaits and came third. Round two of the competition was the technical. I made a Devil’s food cake covered in white chocolate and I won! So for the third round, the showstopper, I knew I had
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A kick up the arse

A kick up the arse

So, I need a kick up the arse. Who wants to give me one? *watches queue form around the block*   In all seriousness, I need to get my act together and start doing this dieting thing properly. I want to lose weight, but that’s never going to happen if I’m not doing it seriously!
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Pink and Blue Lemon and Raspberry Cake

Pink and Blue Lemon and Raspberry Cake

I had no idea what to call this cake.  Pink and Blue Lemon and Raspberry Cake is probably the most accurate, but also the most boring. Disco Spacegirl cake would also have worked, as would Epilepsy Action’s National Tea and Cake Break cake, as would My Little Pony cake, as would Hannah’s Goodbye Cake, as
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Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

This was another recipe where I had a real conflict between my heart and my head. My head knew that this recipe for loaded sweet potato fries was ideal for Greedy Girls. It’s fun to look at, delicious to eat and great for sharing – everything that Greedy Girls goes for. But my heart was
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Race Day Diary

Race Day Diary

Well, after twenty-eight weeks of worrying about it, it happened. I did the 10k run.   The amazing woman in the video with me is Kathie. I would not have gotten round the course if it wasn’t for her. I was struggling at around 4km and she jogged up to me and kept me going.
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