Decadence  /ˈdɛkəd(ə)ns/  n  luxurious self-indulgence.

I’ll let you in on a secret. My ultimate comfort food is hot buttered toast. I rate my days on a scale of zero to bread and butter because some days, there is nothing left for it but to get under the covers with a slice of hot buttered toast and shut out the world. My very own version of self-care.

I’m inviting you to join me on a journey of pure indulgence.

Because it’s National ice cream month  somewhere in the world (*ahem* the US)
Because it’s also National Cheesecake day on the 30th
Because it’s July and we might need a little pick-me-up after our mid-year audit…
Because  if you haven’t done an audit, you need something to make you feel better about not having it all together…
Because sometimes one does not need a reason to indulge oneself.

To get us started in style, we have this delightful ice cream recipe from Kitchen Butterfly.

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Mango and Passion Fruit Swirls in Vanilla Ice cream.

If, like me, your definition of decadence sometimes includes taking short cuts, this two ingredient recipe might just be the one.
 No-churn Ice Cream Recipe..

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No-churn Ice Cream

I used to have a terrible addiction to Starbucks’ Blueberry Cheesecake. That thing was my kryptonite and also responsible for quite a few pounds in extra weight.

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There is nothing virtuous about a cheesecake so I urge you to treat yourself. Just this once, I won’t tell.
Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe 

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Strawberry Cheesecake.

If you want to pull out the stops and wow some guests, or indeed eat them all up by yourself, I suggest you look no further than my go to cinnamon roll recipe. I dare you not to pinch one or two…or three before your guests arrive.

Bonkers Awesome Cinnamon Roll Recipe.

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Bonkers Awesome Cinnamon Roll

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Joy does not joke when she calls them bonkers awesome. Two of my favourite things come together beautifully in this recipe – oranges and pistachios. The only thing I do differently is substitute the melted butter for beurre noisette. That’s brown butter to you and me. There are no words to explain the magic of it. I’ll let Joy tell you all about it. How to brown butter.

If you have come over to the dark, nutty, brown butter side of life; you’ll do no better than to get acquainted with this banana bread recipe.
Jacked up Banana Bread Recipe.

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Banana Bread.

You do not need any other banana bread recipe. Ever.

Ok, I lied. I don’t make a habit of it, promise. In the gospel according to Deb, you can improve on perfection. Simply take a truly awesome banana bread recipe and throw some chocolate at it. Yes please!
Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe.

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

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I feel like I’ve bared a part of my soul to you guys so I can go ahead and make a confession here… I don’t like chocolate. I know. I’m sure the earth did not stop revolving even for a fraction of a second.

For my chocoholics out there, never fear! My first thought when I settled on Decadence for this month’s theme was for a whole segment on chocolate. Cakes, cookies, pudding, mousse, brownies…the whole kit and caboodle. In researching chocolate cake recipes, I had two thoughts:

1. Nigella Lawson 
2. I wonder if anyone has done a quadruple chocolate cake

Of course Ms. Lawson shut it down. There is no need for any of those chocolate recipes because…well…where do you go from a quadruple chocolate cake??? My friends, I have no words. I can only wish you luck should you decide to take the plunge.
Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe 

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Quadruple Chocolate Cake Recipe.

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If by this point your heart has not given out from all those virtual calories, I’ll leave you with this bit of awesome

Crispy egg method at #chezfrank Put a small sauté pan on medium heat until its smoking hot. Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan (it should smoke the second it hits the pan) then immediately after add the eggs and season with sea salt, pepper, dried herbs and or spices. The eggs should almost explode in the hot oil, the white should soufflé around the yolk and the bottom should form a crispy crust hard enough that you can remove the egg from a normal pan with a fish spatula with just a little scraping and shimmying. Eat immediately like a steak making sure to put the crispy bottom directly on your palate. #teachamantofish #feedhimforalifetime #crispyegg #perfection #letsdothis #foodporn #eggporn #foodcures #foodisviolent #foodchoreographer

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Crispy egg method at #chezfrank Put a small sauté pan on medium heat until its smoking hot. Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan (it should smoke the second it hits the pan) then immediately after add the eggs and season with sea salt, pepper, dried herbs and or spices. The eggs should almost explode in the hot oil, the white should soufflé around the yolk and the bottom should form a crispy crust hard enough that you can remove the egg from a normal pan with a fish spatula with just a little scraping and shimmying. Eat immediately like a steak making sure to put the crispy bottom directly on your palate. #teachamantofish #feedhimforalifetime #crispyegg #perfection #letsdothis #foodporn #eggporn #foodcures #foodisviolent #foodchoreographer

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Enjoy,

C.

Written by Nik-Nak