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How to… make your own Vanilla Extract

When you’re a baker, there are some ingredients that are staples in your kitchen – flour, sugar, eggs, yeast, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and vanilla extract. If you’re making a cake, scones, tarts – or anything on the sweet side – you’ll likely put vanilla extract in it, even if it’s not a primarily vanilla flavour you’re after, vanilla extract will give your bake a bit of lift.…

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Beer & Whisky Reviews

While the focus of If You Smell What is Cooking is very much on food and recipes, this was always created to be an outlet for my passion for both food and drink. As well as great food I also love great drink as well, specifically beers and whiskies, and I’ve decided to branch the site out to include beer and whisky reviews as well, with the potential for other spirits as well –…

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The Misadventures of Neville: Sourdough Starter, Aged 19 1/2 (days)

I said when I launched the site earlier this week that I’d use this as a place to post not only my cooking and baking successes, but also my cooking calamities and baking blunders as well, because anyone who cooks or bakes and says they never make any mistakes is a complete and utter liar because you can’t improve and learn if you don’t make the odd cock-up. With that said, I…

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How to make… Sourdough Starter

I thought I’d kick off the blog proper with something that had eluded me for the longest time as a baker (well, amateur baker) and that’s Sourdough. I’d tried on two prior occasions to keep my own sourdough culture, and on both occasions it ended up going too sour and just smelling, and tasting, rancid. However,  in my case, the third time had indeed been the charm and through a…

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