Whole Wheat Hazelnut Scones with Maple Glaze

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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world  - J.R.R. Tolkien
So, I saw The Hobbit last week and I haven't fully recovered yet. It was that good. I can't even say it was good because that would be an insult. It was thrilling, exhilarating, spectacular, beautiful, captivating, heartwarming, everything! Just brilliant. And, so, my obsession with the Lord of the Rings series has been rekindled and is burning bright for all things hobbitses.


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Chocolate Brown Butter and Pecan Sandwich Cookies

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I dream a whole lot. Sleeping dreams, not future life goal dreams. While that's not especially unusual, the fact that I remember almost every one of my dreams is a bit different. I can remember dreams I've had months ago. They're like memories to me. I can describe a scene in my dream the same way that I would describe my own kitchen.

I can never control my actions in my dreams, either. It's like I'm watching a movie through my eyes. Very weird.

On top of that, I never realize that I'm dreaming. Whatever is happening in my dream is 100% real to me. It doesn't matter how strange or ridiculous the dream is, it feels real. This is a double edged sword. It means the good dreams are some of the coolest experiences I've had (is that sad?). But, it means my nightmares are terrifying.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

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Chocolate and hazelnut might be the best flavour combination in the whole wide world. I mean, Nutella. I don't even need to say anything more. But I will. Ferrero Rocher. The Ferrero company actually created Nutella. I go nuts for anything with chocolate and hazelnuts. Purdy's, a chocolate company, makes these things called 'Hedgehogs'. They're little milk chocolate hedgehogs but inside they have a delicious chocolate hazelnut interior, but it's incredibly smooth and a bit lighter than Nutella. They are to die for. You know what else is to die for? Nutella and banana on toast. And this banana bread is just like that. 



But, to the real point of this post, which is not for me to explain my undying love for all things chocolate and hazelnut. No, the point of this post is actually to ask for a bit of help. I'm off to New York City in late February with my Mama for week. I can't wait to visit all the best bakeries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and tea houses! But, the internet has so much information that it's almost... too much. That's where the lovely readers of this blog come in. Have you been to New York? Has your best friend been to New York? Do you live in New York? 

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Double Chocolate Loaf

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This loaf shouldn't really be called a loaf. It should be 'Double Chocolate Cake in a Loaf Pan' because, to be honest, it's basically cake. A delicious, moist, delicious cake. I'm not normally a fan of cakes because I find them dry and boring. This, on the other hand, is not that kind of cake. This is the best cake-loaf you've ever had. And if you've never had a cake-loaf, then you're setting the bar pretty high with this one.
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Take Care of Your Chicks

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I used to not care whatsoever where my eggs came from, which is strange because I absolutely love animals. But I bought the cheapest eggs at the supermarket always because, hey, I was a cheap shopper and organic things always cost more. I knew about factory farms and the general conditions of hens in those places as I had watched a documentary in foods class back in high school. When I watched the documentary, I was horrified and angry, but after a day or two, the feeling faded and I pushed it to the back of my mind.

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Whiskey Butterscotch Tartlets

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Today, I have some big news. I'm going to pastry school! 

I know, it's a big change from university, but it's what I want to do. I was studying ancient Greece and Rome at university and, after 2 and a half years, I decided that it was about time to stop doing something that I found pointless and start doing something worthwhile.



When I entered university, I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I thought I would figure it out after my first year. I didn't find it in first year or second year and I thought this was normal. I took Classics because it was interesting to me but, ultimately, I didn't see myself being able to get a job relevant to my degree after university, nor did I even want to. 

In the summer after second year, I started looking into pastry school. Baking was a hobby of mine, but I was starting to get more and more into it. I would daydream about what I could bake on the weekend or what new baking supplies I might get for my birthday. 

I toured one pastry school and the idea really hit home. I could do this. It seemed right and I was excited about my future for the first time in a long time. 

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