Best Cakes in Dundee!

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I was on my way to see one of my customers in Dundee today and after calling ahead, the designers asked if I would bring them in a Coffee Tower from Fisher & Donaldson Baker, so being the kind person I am and I was also intrigued as to what a Coffee Tower was! I thought I would treat them in the hope I would get a coffee after a long drive.

I decided to stop in at the Perth Rd, Bakers Shop at 9am this morning, walking through the door your are hit with the amazing smell of sweet and savoury that instantly makes you hungry. I was welcomed with a warm hello from the girl behind the counter, who was also very chirpy for 9am. (I am not a morning person!lol!) I asked for a Coffee Tower and she presented me with this deliciously looking Choux Bun filled with coffee flavoured cream and coffee glaze topping. Oh my it looked amazing, so I just had to get one for myself……..and oh boy…it was delicious! I had to stop myself going back in to get more……

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The variety of cakes and breads they do was just amazing I couldn’t help wandering my eyes over the vast amount of selections they had. Here are a few:-

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I would definitely come back here again and again. If you are in any of these areas that they have shops, please go in and try, you won’t be disappointed. Check out their website:- http://fisheranddonaldson.com/

They have stores in Cupar, Dundee and St. Andrews.

 

Happy Burns Night!

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HAPPY BURNS NIGHT TO ALL!

Who is Burns and what is Burns Night I hear you ask?

It’s a night that features Whisky, Haggis and Poetry in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns our famous Poet from Ayrshire, Scotland.

Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.

Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.

Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television.

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To help celebrate here is my 4 course Burns Meal:-

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/homemade-haggis-and-chicken-pakora-with-sauce/

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/haggis-neeps-tatties-haggis-turnip-potatoes-lol/

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/scottish-chocolate-whisky-and-orange-mousse/

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/homemade-chocolate-dipped-shortbread/

 

His Famous Haggis poem:-

Address To A Haggis – 1786

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin’, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ hands will sned,
Like taps o’ trissle.

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis

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Maple Syrup and Chocolate Muffins

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This was my 2nd batch of today, after a night out last night we wanted some Home Comfort Food, so off to the kitchen I went and decided on a quick Muffin Recipe. After looking at what I had in cupboards my Maple Syrup and Chocolate combo were just the ticket to tackle our munchie (hungry) feeling!

Makes 6 Muffins

125g Self Raising Flour

50g Softened Butter

1 egg beaten

50g Caster Sugar

40g soft light brown sugar

1 tbsp semi skimmed milk

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

FOR THE TOPPINGS

1 handful (20-30g chocolate drops)

1 Cup (50g Icing Sugar)

1 tbsp Semi Skimmed Milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg. Line a muffin tine with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter until soft, gradually add in Brown sugar and caster sugar until combined and fluffy.
  3. Beat the egg in a separate bowl, Slowly add in the eggs to the sugar mix, add in the Maple Syrup and mix.
  4. Sift the flour into the sugar mix in 3 batches, adding a little of the tbsp of milk after each batch until combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake in the oven for about 20 mins.
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  7. Meanwhile, mix the Icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract together until you get a fine paste like solution.
  8. 5 minutes before the muffins are ready, remove from oven and press the chocolate drops on top of the muffins, bake for the remainder, allowing chocolate to slightly melt in.
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  10. Remove from oven and using the icing sugar mix drizzle over the muffins……you can be creative here if you want!
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  12. Allow to cool for 10 mins……….and then devour….YUMMY!

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Check out my banana and Coconut Muffins here also.

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/banana-and-coconut-muffins/

 

BEWARE!……your kitchen WILL get messy! lol!

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Nutrition Facts
Maple Syrup and Chocolate Muffins

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 257

  • Total Fat: 8 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 4.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.4 mg
  • Sodium: 79.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 42 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  •     Sugars: 19.6 g
  • Protein: 5 g

 

 

 

 

Banana and Coconut Muffins

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Today I woke up late after one of my friends 30th Birthday Party last night, surprisingly I felt really good and awake, after a shower and breakfast I suddenly got the urge to bake after my boyfriend saying he had the munchies…lol! So off I went into the kitchen, music on and feeling creative. Looking in my cupboards I came up with 2 different muffin recipes….so here goes the first one:-

Makes 6 muffins

125g Plain Flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

50g caster sugar

40g desiccated coconut

1 really ripe banana

90ml semi skimmed milk

1 egg beaten

50g butter melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180deg. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon and pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar a 45g of coconut (leave a tbsp amount for after). Make a well in the middle.
  3. Peel banana and mash 3/4 of it into a paste. Put 1/4 to side. Put banana paste into well of flour mix.
  4. Lightly whisk milk, beaten egg, vanilla and melted butter together, pour into well of flour mix.
  5. Mix all ingredients together but do not over mix.
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  7. Slice the remaining banana and place one or two slices on top and sprinkle remaining coconut over.
  8. Place in oven and bake for about 20-25 mins until knife comes out clean. Leave to cool.

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Then eat to your hearts content! YUMMY!

 

 

 

 

Also check out my other Muffin recipe:- Maple Syrup and Chocolate!

https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/maple-syrup-and-chocolate-muffins/

 

BEWARE!! your kitchen WILL get messy! lol!

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Nutrition Facts
Banana and Coconut Muffins

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 204

  • Total Fat: 8.1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 4.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.5 mg
  • Sodium: 87.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.4 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
  •     Sugars: 11.8 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g

 

 

 

My discovery today was – Cauli Rice! AMAZING!

I just had to share this exciting new food product, CAULI RICE, yes of course it is Cauliflower rice, Gluten Free, low in calories, low in fat but full of flavour! They offer 4 different flavours and in a handy microwave pouch.

 

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At only roughly 50 calories per 100g, it’s a great way to eat healthier and still enjoy the texture of rice and flavours. Made purely from Cauliflower grains.

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I have already ordered. Check this weblink for more details.

https://www.caulirice.com/en/home/

EAT RIGHT, FEEL AMAZING!

Chia, Almond and Blueberry Morning Shake

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This was one of those moments where I woke up and thought, I don’t fancy porridge for breakfast, lets see what I have………………after looking in the fridge this is what I put together, full of protein, fibre and superfoods galore it makes a fabulous breakfast shake…….or in fact a great shake at any time and only 154 calories per glass.

For 1 serving

200ml Almond Milk

80g Blueberries

15g Chia Seeds

 

  1. Mix altogether in a blender until blueberries are broken down, serve and drink…YUMMY!

 

Avenue Coffee Roasting in Glasgow

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I recently went to a Coffee Festival and this Company stood out for me, not only did they offer loads of Decaf options but their Full Caffeine options were amazing.

So who are they? What’s their Story?

We set up with one simple aim – we wanted to make the best coffee and share it with as many people as we could.

Starting a speciality coffee shop in 2011, we built a team with years of experience not only in coffee but in customer service and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best coffee shops to go in Glasgow. However, it wasn’t enough for us just to be making good coffee – we always wanted to have more influence on what was happening to our beans further up the line. We wanted to share our coffee with even more people. We soon started a second shop, and put a Diedrich IR12 coffee roaster in. We spent time meticulously profiling coffee beans and were inspired by the results – which we now bring to you.

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They sell coffee in their shop or online either in bean form or they will filter for you. We choose bean form and grind ourselves as we feel you get that freshness better.

 

I recently purchase the Santa Lucia Decaff and I have to say it makes the most amazing after dinner coffee. A really creamy and sweet decaf. Super nutty with notes of milk chocolate & vanilla. Love this!

 

Check out the other flavours they do.

http://avenue.coffee/product-category/coffee/