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Bagan

Bagan – You’ve never seen so many temples!

The plains of Bagan are arguably Burma’s most iconic view, a vista of thousands of Buddhist temples peppered across the landscape. Over three thousand brick stupas pierce the sky, constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, once part of a great city that was at...

Yangon

Golden Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar. Travel plans often change, it’s the natural evolution of a long trip. You set out with a loose itinerary that unravels the further along you get. Other travellers rave about a destination, you spot something in a guidebook you thought you knew inside...

Myanmar / Burma

The Golden Land, travels through Burma

The Golden Land This week I’m doing something a little bit different here on Vagabond Baker: a week of posts dedicated to our travels in Burma. Each day, beginning tomorrow, I will take you along our ten day journey through Myanmar: from Yangon to Mandalay...

Rye Bread

Easy Rye Bread, it’s a little bit Finnish!

This easy Rye Bread is a freeform loaf that’s rustic and nourishing – perfect with an autumnal soup or toasted and served with blackberry jam and plenty of butter. It’s a tweaked Nigella recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess. I’ve baked many a recipe...

khao yai national park

We saw a bear! Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s oldest. Just a few hours north-east from Bangkok lies a precious area of primary rainforest that is incorporated into the Khao Yai National Park. So precious in fact that UNESCO declared the forest a World Heritage Site in 2005. The...

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Squares

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Squares

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Squares. For peanut butter lovers, you know who you are! A crumbly peanut butter base covered with a thick layer of sea salted caramel and finished with a nobbly  milk chocolate and peanut butter topping. Yes, really! They’re a lot like a...

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Vegans, I have a treat for you today! Chocolate orange cupcakes that will seduce you with their moist cocoa sponge and luscious chocolate frosting. The subtle hint of orange comes through from a fine-cut marmalade used in both the batter and the icing. You would never...

Tomb-raiding the rest of Angkor in photos

Over the last few weeks I’ve taken you through some of the most incredible ancient temples in the world, the Temples of Angkor. I’ll conclude the series with a photo journey through the rest of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park that we explored,...

Cheat Almond Pastries

These simple pastries are shamelessly inspired by Jésuite Amandes, a triangular puff pastry filled with frangipane, that’s shaped like a Jesuit three-cornered hat. I devoured a number of them on a recent brief trip to France for a friend’s wedding. These Cheat Almond Pastries are not Jésuite Amandes. I’ve...

Beng Mealea, Jungle Temple

Beng Mealea is a Angkorian temple lost in the jungle that has engulfed it. Jungle roots have dislodged the ancient architecture turning much of the temple into a jumble of stones while long vines hang enticingly across ruined corridors. Constructed in the 12th century it...

Queen of Puddings

I have a vintage and very British pudding for you today! It’s a great recipe to use up stale bread and will certainly solicit curiosity in your friends. I learnt how to make it as a child, my mum was a rather pudding orientated person and...

Banteay Srei and the river of a thousand lingas

Banteay Srei is exquisite, a 10th century temple that is 35 kilometres out from Siem Reap and the main Angkor temples. Its Khmer name, Banteay Srei, translates as the Citadel of Women, the intricate carvings and detail is thought so fine that only women, with...