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from Jamie Oliver

Jamie's Mum's gorgeous chocolate pudding

Jamie's Mum's gorgeous chocolate pudding Try it with custard instead of Christmas pud Trust me when I tell you that this is one mind-blowingly chocolately pudding – totally indulgent

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from Serendipity Bakes

Stem Ginger Bundt Cake

It started with an image of a scrummy gingerbread cake from The Boy Who Bakes on Instagram. And the fact that it's Gingerbread Month on BBC Good Food. Although I've often made Gingerbread Biscuits, I've never made a Gingerbread Cake before. So I set about to find an authentic recipe with a truly gingerbready (is that even a word?) cake - and I think I've found the one. I played around with an old recipe from the Crabapple Bakery that was originally intended to make Gingerbread Cupcake...

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The planet Mars, also called the ‘Red Planet,’ is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere and surface features similar to Earth.

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Hoodia gordonii is a leafless spiny succulent plant w/medicinal properties growing naturally in South Africa & Namibia. Flowers smell like rotten meat & are pollinated mainly by flies. The Bushmen of the Namib desert call this plant ǁhoba (pronounced [kǁʰɔbɑ] - the initial sound is a lateral click) - & the Afrikaans Ghaap. Hoodia gordonii was discovered and painted by col. Robert Jacob Gordon in the vicinity of the Orange River in about 1779, & identified as a Stapelia, a closely related…

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from Taming Twins

Gingerbread Latte Layer Cake

Things I love about Christmas: 1. The fact that it starts earlier every year. 2. Gingerbread lattes. 3. Eating chocolate for breakfast and not even feeling embarrassed. 4. Gingerbread lattes. 5. That this year I can pretend that I’m overexcited purely for the sake of my children. 6. Gingerbread lattes. But dear friends, what happens...Read More »

from National Geographic

Deforestation Facts, Deforestation Information, Effects of Deforestation

"Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperatures swings."

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"Once an ancient inland sea, the Gobi Desert occupies much of southern Mongolia and northeastern China. The landscape is rugged and inhospitable, with little vegetation, but it varies enormously, from mountain massifs with barren rocky outcrops to the flat plains where you find poplar-fringed oases and sand dunes." Mongolia: the Bradt Guide; www.bradtguides.com

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from River Cottage

Raisin and cherry stollen

This traditional sweet German Christmas bread is much simpler to make than it looks, so please don’t be alarmed by the length of the recipe. The richness of the dough means you need to allow more time for proving than normal bread; the recipe should take about 4 hours from start to finish.

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