Salt, Pepper and a Dollop of Cream

One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Nigel Slater’s Blackberry Friands

I remember a long time ago while perusing old baking magazines coming across beautiful oval buns called friands. I was quite intrigued by these French delicacies but for some reason … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Review: Rice Flour Pastry and a Tomato and Goats Cheese Tart

I’ve been rather disappointed by the poor and very pricey array of pastries and breads produced for coeliacs.  I never knew how bad it was until my dad was diagnosed … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Carta di Musica {or Music Paper Bread}

I remember watching Rick Stein as part of his Mediterranean Escapes series visiting Sardinia where a local baker made pane carasau or carta di musica {music paper bread} which looks … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Lesson in Bread Baking

Why is making bread such a challenge? I’ve made those pre-packed versions which have worked out fine 99% of the time but add yeast to the mix and that’s where … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Christmas Entertaining with Glenisk + Dark Chocolate and Lemon Mousse with Chocolate Chip Crème Fraîche

Christmas can be a daunting time with so much to buy and make and do {I know of some families who completely redecorate for the festive season but that’s one … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nutella Crostata – A Hell of a Tart {more like a NIGHTMARE!}

Have you ever had a day where you just can’t believe how stupid you’ve been, that you ought to know better and that you feel a complete fool?  Well, I … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

Richard Bertinet’s Almond Croissants – yum, yum, YUM!

Is there anything better than a warm, buttery croissant first thing in the morning with a decent cup of coffee?  Well, actually there is!  It’s an almond croissant soaked in … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Scones that are simply the best

I was very lucky when I first started working to enjoy the company of some wonderfully entertaining if not rather eccentric people. I always fancied being a bit eccentric myself … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 10 Comments

The Quest for the Perfect Madeleine

I’ve always liked the look of madeleines. The distinctive shell shaped sponge is so appealing that ever since I saw them in my first cookbook, I’ve meant to give them … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Claire Macdonald’s Upside-Down Pear and Walnut Gingerbread Pudding – A Review

For me Winter means soups, stews, casseroles and warm puddings. Even though we’re just about to head into the first days of Spring, it still feels like Winter out there … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Graham Crackers – Rounds 1 and 2!

Last year I bought my cousin the Miette cookbook for her birthday. Naturally, I had to get a copy for myself as the book is simply beautifully produced and filled … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes

I fell in love rather late with the Great British Bake Off. Season 3 has finished and I only got to see about four episodes. Thanks to my cousin for … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

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