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For many lucky girls around the world, their Dad is their hero.

Dads teach us how to ride bikes and laugh from our stomachs.

They take us on adventures we can’t ever forget.

They protect us like a literal human shield, from all life’s bad things.

My Dad is that Dad.

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And here are 10 things he’s taught me about life.

1. You can never be too early to catch a train or a flight. (2-3 hours before is mandatory, but anything above 3 hours, and you’re gold.)

2. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a birthday party, but always make sure you attend a funeral.

3. Mixing a single malt with Coca Cola is a sissy thing to do. Drink it on the rocks. Like a boss.

4. Always do more than what is expected of you. Much, much more. And do not expect anything in return.

5. It is not nice to stand too close to boys in photographs.

6. If you have to read aloud at an event, the only thing to remember is to read slowly.

7. Try all the crazy things you want to. Just try them at home.

8. When you’re sad, watch The Tom and Jerry Show and you’ll feel better instantly.

9. If you really love something, chase it with everything you have. You will reach it.

10. Family always comes first.

There are so many more, but these are the ones I try to live by.
The ones that are now a part of me.
The ones I might pass on a daughter some day.

Mom says I am very much like my Dad. And nothing makes me prouder.

So this one is for you, Papa.

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The first man I ever loved.
Baker of the softest cakes.
Granter of my every wish.
Protector from every pain.
Filler of my fridge.
Teacher of tough lessons.
Encourager of my every dream.
My biggest supporter.
My first hero.
My shoulder, my safe haven, my strength.

For everything you’ve taught me by example, and for everything you are, I love you more and more each day.
Thank you for being my rock.

I wish I could send you some of this wonderful Paleo chocolate, but it’d melt.

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This Paleo chocolate is THE only Paleo hack you need.

Just a few simple ingredients and some stirring will result in the most dark, bitter, smooth, silken chocolate ever.

Melted paleo chocolate

I feel like chocolate was the one thing I was really missing on my Paleo challenge and now I can eat it while being 100% Paleo!

This stuff is crazy rich though, so don’t eat a whole lot at once like I did. You’ll get a tummy ache ๐Ÿ˜›

Since coconut oil is the base, you will be able to taste it a little, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you can’t stand the smell/taste of coconut.

You can make them in mini cupcake cases, and top them with nuts.

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Or cut up in haphazard shapes ๐Ÿ™‚

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A little goes a long way – the piece will melt gently between your fingers as you nibble on it, so you can lick your fingers after as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Paleo Chocolate

Prep time: 5 mins
Makes: 20-30 pieces


120 ml coconut oil, melted
100 g cocoa powder
2 tbsp wild organic honey (or maple syrup), plus more to taste if you want
pinch of sea salt
assorted nuts (optional)


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1. Pour the coconut oil into a medium mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder a little at a time, stirring to mix well.
2. Add the honey and salt and stir everything togther until well mixed. Taste and add a little more honey if it is too bitter for you.
3. Pour into mini cupcake cases and top with nuts if you like, or pour over a parchment-covered tray and spread out to an even layer. Freeze for 2-3 hours. Roughly chop up the chocolate on the tray and store in a box in the fridge. The chocolate minis should also be stored in the fridge.

I’m telling you – Paleo never tasted this good!

Have a fantastic day my darlins ๐Ÿ™‚


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Peach Frangipane Tart

I don’t think I can ever be with a man who doesn’t love to cook.

If you’re a man who thinks he’s too good for the kitchen, chances are I won’t like you.

Also, if you are that man – What in the world is wrong with you?

Oh and if you’re one of those people who think it’s uber cool to say you can’t boil an egg, or make a cup of tea without burning down the kitchen, please stop.

Cooking is fun. Baking is cool. For grown-ups and children. For men and women. For lovers and fighters. For everyone.

Men who leave all the cooking to your wives: Move your ass. Make her something. Here, start with these Creamy baked eggs.
You can thank me later.

Girls who have those weirdly long and perfectly manicured fingernails and claim never to have stepped in a kitchen: Get over it. Cut those nails. Or at least wear gloves. And make these super cute mini cupcakes.

See, if you are a man who’s comfortable in the kitchen, you can make your daughter a Peach frangipane tart when she’s feeling down.

Isn’t that something you want to be able to do someday, boys?

Watch my Dad and learn ๐Ÿ™‚

Butter and flour maketh a good pastry.

Butter + flour

Some kneading to bring everything together.

Kneading pastry dough

Whisk up some eggs and sugar.


Open a tin of sweetened peaches.

Juicy peaches

Roll out your pastry and bake the tart.

Rolling pastry

Top with a yummy frangipane filling.

Frangipane filling

Dot with peach halves and watch as they sink in.

Before it goes in the oven

And look! It’s a beautiful tart!

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When you cut someone a slice, you are giving them love.

Slice of tart

So get comfortable in the kitchen, boys and girls! It’s an important skill to have. Also, it’s a wonderful thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Peach Frangipane Tart

Largely adapted from: Step by step Baking

Prep time: 30 mins (plus chilling)
Cook time: 55 mins
Serves: 8


For the tart case

150 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
100 g unsalted butter, diced and kept cold, plus extra for greasing
50 g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
ยฝ tsp vanilla essence

For the filling

100 g unsalted butter
100 g caster sugar
2 eggs
25 g flour, sifted
100 g ground almonds
1 tin of peach halves, strained (we don’t need the sugar syrup)


For the tart case

1. Mix the flour, butter, and sugar together in a bowl. Add the egg yolk and the vanilla essence and mix again to form a dough. Wrap in cling film and keep in the fridge for about an hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐC. Grease a 9-inch tart tin with butter and then press the pastry into it (or you could roll it out and layer the tin), using your hands to get it all around the base and sides in as even a layer as possible. Use a fork to prick the pastry all over. Line the pastry with baking parchment and cover with baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven, discard the parchment and remove the beans. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the frangipane filling

1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC. In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk, and then beat in the eggs. Add the flour and ground almonds as well, mixing well until everything is combined.
2. Place the cooled tart case (in the tin) on a baking sheet, and pour the filling into the tart case. Gently press the peach halves (cut-side down) into the filling.
3. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin, before removing, and serving in slices.

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Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me.

It’s because I’m not a morning person.

These three examples from Pinterest depict my morning emotions perfectly.

Are you a morning person? How do you do it? HOW?

I don’t like waking up at all, let alone waking up and then cooking a breakfast.

So after months of dad’s long distance yelling about the importance of breakfast, being miserable after eating biscuits each morning, and feeling very unproductive, I decided to fix things.

I turned to my favourite ingredient of all time: eggs.

Last Saturday night, I decided I would conquer breakfast. And I did.

These savoury egg muffins are the perfect breakfast food. Make 10 on the weekend, and freeze them in sets of two. All you have to do in the morning is microwave and eat! Maybe with a slice of toast. But they’re great with just a dash of tomato sauce.

The best part is you can put anything in them.

Here are some combos you could try:

Tomato, ham, and cheese (yum)
Peppers, mushroom, and corn (yummers)
Salami, spinach, and broccoli (yummest)

Savoury breakfast egg muffins

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Makes: 10


7 whole eggs
5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vegetable oil, plus a bit more for greasing
1 large red pepper, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
50g salami, chopped
garlic flakes
mixed dried herbs
salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 180ยบ C. Crack the eggs into a large bowl, add the milk and whisk well.
2. Heat a non-stick pan, add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and lightly toss the red pepper and tomato in it for a few minutes. Set aside.
3. Add the chopped salami, garlic, herbs, and cooled pepper-tomato mixture to the egg mix and stir everything together. Season to taste.
4. Grease 10 individual silicone muffin cases, or a non-stick muffin tray. Divide the mixture into each of them, filling them about 3/4th full. Put into the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes. The muffins should rise and come away from the sides of the cases. Remove from the cases, cool, and then freeze for upto 1 week. Or just eat right away ๐Ÿ™‚

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