Monthly Archives: September 2014

Franny’s Five-Day Detox

Evening all! On Sunday, I returned from sunny Cyprus. SERIOUSLY sunny. I’m talking 30-degrees-hours-dedicated-to-lazing-around sunny. It was tough. England’s temperatures have dropped and not for the better. All I can say is that it gives me reason to wear more layers to cover the bod having indulged my gut to the MAX (though not being able to show off the tan hurts a little inside… priorities in tact here.)IMG_5277 So, on my arrival back to lovely Harpenden, I pledged to myself that I would detox for a whole FIVE DAYS. I know. Crazy. I’ve never liked the concept of dieting. I’m more of an exercise person, but my whole body was screaming for some healthy relief from the numerous heavy meals I’d merrily tucked away… Continue reading Franny’s Five-Day Detox

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

I think this post should start with an apology. We have reached the morning of the Man Booker shortlist announcement with a mere two longlist reviews on the blog. I agree. Disappointing. I have tried to make up for this with inspiring baking recipes and cool literary products out there, but sometimes, all you want to see is a book review. I understand. So please do accept my heartfelt apology. I know you haven’t heard from Perks in a while either. She’s still with us, but has been incredibly busy too – I’m sure she’ll explain when she returns soon!

In a last ditch effort to redeem myself, I’m sneaking in another review before the announcement. This weekend, I finished Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Ferris’ third novel that is billed to:

‘cut to the very heart of modern existence: the meaning of life, the certainty of death and the importance of good oral hygiene’39.Joshua Ferris-To Rise Again At A Decent Hour cover

Continue reading To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 4 (Plum & Marzipan Tarte Tartin)

Who knew desserts could cause so much trouble?logo

As if she had predicted her fateful involvement in #bingate, Diana muttered ‘You never know with those puds’ over her self-saucing pudding cups.  Who would have thought that this cheery WI baker would become the subject of such wrath and fury?

Wow. Talk about drama. I mean, the stolen custard of yesteryear had nothing on this. Continue reading Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 4 (Plum & Marzipan Tarte Tartin)