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Right rhubarb, wrong time...

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I'm excited to report that I finally found some rhubarb, but unfortunately, I was so excited to find it that I bought it without considering exactly how much time I had available to do anything with it...! But anyway, over the past few days I've managed to squeeze in a couple of batches of rhubarb-themed muffins.

First up were the rhubarb and custard muffins that have been on my wish list for ages.

I suppose I wasn't as pleased with them as I thought I'd be - probably because I'd been thinking about them for so long that I'd built them up too much! I was hoping they'd be like those M&S melt in the middle chocolate pudding things, and like in the advert, you'd stick a fork in and then the custard would run out in a perfect little trickle. That's not quite how it worked out unfortunately!

They were still pretty tasty, and I think I just need to use thicker custard next time, and put less of the muffin mix into the case before the blob of custard. …

Sometimes I cook, too...

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It's not a cake or a bake, but I was so proud of my Jambalaya that I wanted to share it on my blog. I made it as a 6-month anniversary meal for my boyfriend.

As well as baking, I have been trying to be more adventurous in terms of cooking in general over the past year or so. I've always been such a fussy eater, and so there were loads of things I'd never tried - which usually landed me in trouble if I went out to eat anywhere that wasn't British.

Anyway, I got this receipe for chicken & chorizo Jambalaya out of the free magazine from Asda, what a find it was! To me now (and probably most other people) this isn't remotely exotic, but a year or so ago, I probably wouldn't have touched peppers, celery or chorizo, and certainly would have left out the thyme! Thought I would share the recipe because it's so yummy and easy to make...

Serves 4
100g chorizo
500g chicken, diced
1 large red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 celery sticks, sliced
3 red/green pep…

Must do better

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Argh! I hate it when life gets in the way of baking... I've just started doing some temping, and so it's a big adjustment getting back into a 9 - 5 routine when I've been used to being a student, so by the time the evenings and weekends come around, I just find myself wanting to catch up with friends or blank out in front of the laptop...

Anyway! I have been wanting to share some pictures of my second attempt at Gill/Helen's Chocolate cake, which I baked again for my boyfriend's birthday. I definitely think it went better the second time around, and I got the consistency of the frosting better, meaning I could ice the sides aswell. I'm not sure it looked that much better, since it was all a bit wonky, but nobody seemed to really care and the cake was consumed quite rapidly!

It was the first time I'd really tried to write anything on a cake, and I think my skills leave a lot to be desired! I just bought some of the chocolate writing icing and it was so di…