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Toddler and baby asleep. House reasonably tidy (just ignore the kitchen). Husband out. Several options lie before me. A glass of wine. Paperwork. TV. Sleep calls but it’s almost not worth it. I’ll be up again in a few hours. And there’s something I’ve been itching to do for a while now…

Hello world. Did you miss me?

Before I escape to slumber, let me share this quick and clever recipe with you. Next time you entertain – consider ending your meal with an elegant platter of dried fruits, nuts, and some home-made chocolate mint slices. Dark chocolate, cool, crisp mint, and a trace of salt. If you’re anything like me,  it is dangerous to have these lounging about your freezer. Best finish them while you still have company …

Chocolate Mint Slices

Base and Top (use half for each)

300 gr bittersweet chocolate, melted
1.5 tbs oil
pinch salt

Filling

300 fr powdered sugar
3/4 tsp mint essence
1 Tbs oil
2 Tbs milk or water (you might need a little more)

1. Line a pan with baking paper (9″ x 13″)
2. Mix the chocolate ingredients. Pour half into pan until surface is covered. Refrigerate until sold.
3. Mix filling. Press into flat layer to cover chocolate.
4. Put chocolate on top and refrigerate until solid. Cut into squares.

Store in freezer.

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Welcome back to me after an eleven month  hiatus from these pages.  Hello Readers. Are you still out there? I’m back. I’m back but things have changed around here. I’ve changed. Last time I wrote I was absorbed in a muffin-making frenzy, preparing for an onslaught of extreme expected hunger. I’m now the proud mama of a ten-month old baby boy. Indeed, I baked all of those muffins, I ate all of those muffins, I eventually got rid of the excess weight caused by those muffins and I’m still here to tell the tale.

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‘Operation Muffins’

People keep asking me: “What’s happened to your blog? Why have you stopped writing?”

I don’t really have a good answer, but I suspect that so much energy has gone into baking a certain little bun in the oven, I haven’t had much left over for kitchen experimentation. We relied on old favourites and comfort foods to get us through the winter and now it is summer, I’m reveling in salads, gazpacho and quiches, and a wonderful husband who has been doing ALL the washing up for the last three months, if not longer.

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As a member of the tribe, and one who particularly loves her food, I recently did a little research for Presentense Magazine  into some of the best kosher and Jewish cuisine-themed food blogs around. If you need help telling your challah from your hamantaschen, or are looking to expand your gourmet Asian repetoire (but keep things kosher) look no further to some of the best Jewish food blogs around (in my humble opinion)…

Enjoy and devour away!

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Grapes on the vine

 You may have noticed that I haven’t been very present here recently. I am forcing myself to stay away from my blog for a short while because, despite the pleasure it brings me, sometimes in life we  just need to prioritize. When there are only 24 hours in the day, and at the moment most are spent writing papers, preparing for exams, practicing aerobics, and a few sleeping and eating, there isn’t much time for the delights of blogging.

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