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Go East, Young Carrot Cake

Carrot cake

Observe closely... this is not your usual carrot cake

Sometimes it takes the merest of suggestions.

Somebody says carrot cake and, before you know it, you have a grater in one hand and a familiar orange vegetable in the other.*

Something happens along the way, though. Your cake bypasses the well-travelled walnut and cinnamon route and takes a turn eastwards, where it discovers pistachios and cardamoms and dates – oh my! In these foreign climes, the familiar cream cheese frosting seems somehow out of place, and is quickly shed in favour of a generous lime drizzle. Before you know it, a new incarnation of an old favourite is born, admired and eaten – and you can’t help but wonder if it’s a touch of eastern magic that causes it to disappear at such speed.

*I hasten to add that I don’t always respond so readily to such suggestions – just in case you were gettin’ any notions, like

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Sticky. Toffee. Pudding.

So what do you do when someone hands you a bag of ingredients and a recipe, and the title of the recipe is “Sticky Toffee Pudding“…?

Hmm, let me see.

You think about it for approximately a millisecond, then you go forth and create some sticky toffee goodness, that’s exactly what you do. This is no time for fooling around, April-induced or otherwise.

sticky toffee pudding

Sticky spoonful

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