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I’m going home tomorrow for 10 days. It will be my longest stretch at home since the beginning of July and it’s fair to say that I’m pretty excited.  As far as our project goes, it’s probably one of the most inconvenient weeks I could have chosen to be in the UK but sleeping in my own bed and cooking my own dinner will definitely make up for any late night conference calls that I have to join.

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In this crazy world of internet friendships, it’s not often that you get to throw a virtual party for a baby bump that you’ve actually gotten to hug! Today, myself and a group of other bloggers have come together to celebrate Lauren, baker of some of the best brownies I’ve ever eaten and all round super lovely person, who is expecting a baby boy in a couple of weeks!

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fig and almond torte | london bakes

I first made this torte while I was in France last month. It comes from Erin Scott’s book, Yummy Supper, based on her very popular blog of the same name. It can be hard to find fancy ingredients where were are and I don’t tend to have much enthusiasm for anything particularly complicated when I’m on holiday so, when I felt like making dessert for my family one night, this was the obvious choice.

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