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C got this recipe from his mother. We had lots of strawberries left over from the allotment and decided to put them to good use. It makes a delicious cakey snack. And it’s really really easy too.


2 egg yolks

3/4 cups of plain flour

60 g butter

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 spoons of jam

A handful of strawberries


1. Cream the sugar and the butter together til fluffy

2. Add the egg yolks and beat

3. Sift the flour into the mixture and slowly mix together

5. Gently knead the dough

6. Grease a flat cake tin and spread the dough inside

7. Bake at 220 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes

8. Boil the jam with a little bit of water

9. After taking out the shortcake in cake tin spread the strawberries on top and pour hot jam over the mixture.

10. Leave to cool and then eat! Yum yum.

Here is the final result:


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I just had another whack at making tea eggs and this time I took some pictures. Yay!! So I shall properly give you instructions for making your very own.

1. Hard boil some eggs (about ten minutes)


2. Drain the eggs and then crack them by gently hitting them with a spoon.


3. Put the eggs back in the saucepan and add some water.

4. Add loose leaf tea (black gives a better colour but you can use green for a slightly different flavour. Here I used both), soy sauce, cinnamon, anise and sugar. My method is just lobbing in whatever feels right but if you need measurements try about a 2 desertspoons of the tea and one of everything else.


5. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for about an hour.

6. Take off the heat and leave to sit for about 5 hours. If you leave them overnight they’ll be even better.

7. Drain the eggs.


8.Peel and eat. Yum.


Oh they’re so pretty! I’m very proud of myself right now. Just look –


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First you need to wash and peel 3 wives… Nah I jest, none of the ingredients involve actual people.

I made these BEAUTIFUL wife cakes (and egg rolls) in Hong Kong on a great cooking lesson at the Wing Wah cake shop run by the excellent Hong Kong Tourist Board (if you’re going to Hong Kong use them, seriously they have a whole series of really interesting activities).

I was going to write out the instructions as given to me by the shop here. However they don’t actually seem to make any sense so instead I recommend you go here and follow the steps contained within.

They’re best eaten fresh out of the oven. C and I enjoyed them for breakfast. Yum Yum.

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