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One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Lessons in Christmas Cake Baking

Yesterday I decided that if I didn’t make our Christmas cake I could forget it as time is running out. I had bought a prepackaged bag of mixed fruit all … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann – Yes Please!!

I’m finding myself drawn to all things Scandinavian as the festive season approaches, whether it was because hubbie had lived in Sweden for a few years or the fact that … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

An Easy Tomato Bread packed with Goodness

I have a great love of tomato bread and my local boulangerie offers a fine tomato and fennel seed loaf which is divine. But today, I fancied making my own. … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Richard Bertinet’s Italian Biscuits – Heaven on a Plate

I had promised myself something sweet this weekend.  I don’t know what it is but maybe I’m feeling in need of a sugar burst! A little while ago, I treated … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

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