Category Archives: Baking

Summer cakes and a promise to myself

Strawberries are the perfect summer fruit and in season for a period as brief as the English summer itself. I often like to eat them just as they are without being drowned in the customary accompaniment of cream. This summer cake … Continue reading

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Lemon blueberry loaf

This cake is the result of loads of indecision and the urge to clear out my fridge. I first set out to make a lemon and poppy seed pound cake only to discover that I didn’t have any poppy seeds. I … Continue reading

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Flatbread or Chapati French ‘toast’

Half term holidays mean easy mornings, some lie ins and time for a proper breakfast. The last couple of months have been hectic with the little man saying good bye to his nursery and hello to proper school. New timings and the … Continue reading

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A labour of love and Preserved Lemons

A few weeks ago I attended my first block printing class and had the most awesome day. Deep in the heart of Surrey, Tobias and the Angel run these classes for creative, artistic minds as well as complete luddites like me. It … Continue reading

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Spiced Apple cake

A dense, moist and flavourful cake that has Autumn written all over it. Yes, it’s a late post but this cake was too good not to share. Better late than never! The apple tree in the back garden of our … Continue reading

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Gingerbread men

When the weather is this wet and cold, I don’t need an excuse to fire up the oven. So when the little man asked if we could make gingerbread men as our Sunday activity, he didn’t really need to sell … Continue reading

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Muddy Puddles Cake

A Peppa Pig themed party wouldn’t be complete without a Peppa cake, would it? To me, muddy puddles cues decadent chocolate cake that you can sink your teeth into and go Aaah! Maybe it’s just me but I would eat … Continue reading

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Birthday celebrations with Peppa Pig

Peppa pig and her little brother, George, have taken over not just our living room but also our lives. Our 3 year old is obsessed with the TV series and don’t be too surprised if you find us mouthing dialogues … Continue reading

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Courgette and red pepper bites

Cleaning out the fridge, last weekend, produced an odd assortment of veggies. There weren’t enough for one proper recipe but that got me thinking – what could I make if I threw them all in together. Here’s what they turned … Continue reading

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Strawberry Summer Pops

Sunny summer days and strawberry picking go hand in hand. Last weekend was a perfect day out with the little man, picking these luscious red berries. All you could see and smell were perfectly ripe strawberries begging to be eaten. … Continue reading

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Focaccia with sea salt

Another winner from Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake. This focaccia is much easier to make than I anticipated. As with all bread, I find it most relaxing to make it on a day at home, when I am not anxiously watching … Continue reading

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Crusty loaf

This is the recipe for a Cottage Loaf from Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake. Of course, my version looks nothing as professional as the original but the taste is to die for. If you like a light airy bread with a thin crust, … Continue reading

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‘With bread all sorrows are less’

Those are the words of Sancho Panza speaking to Dapple, his ass, in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Sancho Panza was a man after my own heart. By now, you’ve probably discovered that I find it difficult to steer clear of carbs. … Continue reading

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Zis for Za’atar spiced pita chips

Love pita chips? Make your own! Add some zing with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix. Can’t find Za’atar easily? Make your own with this easy recipe. These baked pita chips are one example of where you can use store bought … Continue reading

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Y is for Yeast risen Baguettes

Home baked baguettes has been a long held dream but I’ve never mustered up the courage to attempt these in my little oven. And then, imagine my joy when I came across this ‘baguettes for Dummies’ version on the Food52 site. … Continue reading

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