I hope you are all having a marvellous time filled with sparkling festivities and recovering from the scrumptious indulgences of Christmas day.
I’m raring to go for another afternoon filled with overflowing plates and bottomless glasses to properly get into the spirit of things, but seeing as it is Boxing Day and the shops were teeming with bargain-hunters, I thought it would be a good time to bring your attention to some of the best titles that you need to get in your kitchen, if Santa hasn’t delivered them already…
Yes, that’s right. Christmas is coming. FAST. But there’s only so many mince pies and stollen bites that I can handle over the festive season. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot, but when I saw Edd Kimber’s recipe for Amaretto Creams in the November Waitrose Magazine, I knew I HAD to make them. Once you’ve read this, you’ll want to make them too. Trust me.
Evening all! On Sunday, I returned from sunny Cyprus. SERIOUSLYsunny. 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.) 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→
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?
I’m not sure about where you are, but here in London we have absolutely miserable weather today. Not great for all those lovely Bank Holiday outdoor plans that some may have: cycling in the park, touring the city’s book benches, watching outdoor theatre – nope. Today is definitely an inside day. And how better to spend those rainy hours out of the office than whipping up a treat for all to enjoy? So today, I’m offering my attempt at Chelsea Buns.
I have to say, I’m definitely more of a cake girl, but if you offer me a good biscuit, I’m not going to say no.
On Wednesday, our friendly bakers were back and I was seriously impressed! They are such a likeable bunch this year and I’m already developing favourites: Richard the builder, with his cheeky, caricature-like-accessory pencil tucked behind the ear; Chetna, and the Bombay flavours she’s bringing to the tent’s table (she also favourited my tweet, so, slightly biased there); and Norman, because he is such an endearing character who keeps things simple and delicious (though I do admit, as impressive as his loose-bottomed cupcake tray was, he needs to step up the mark in terms of creativity in his bakes…come on, Norman. I have faith in you!) Continue reading Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 2 (Florentines)→
I realise this is a week late but THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BAAAAAACK!
I’m delighted. We have a whole new set of bakers complete with familiar faces Mary, Paul, Mel & Sue. From now on, Wednesday nights are all booked up (except for tonight as it’s my boyfriend’s birthday… he wasn’t best pleased with my obvious disappointment that he didn’t want to curl up and enjoy the show).
People who follow me on Twitter were bombarded yesterday with tweets and pictures supporting the #NoBakeDay campaign run by Quercus for Sharon Hearne-Smith‘s book No-Bake Baking– a book which defies the conventional and explores the creations you can make using those other things in your kitchen – the fridge, freezer, microwave… you get the gist.
Having posted four recipes on their website, Quercus invited tweeters to bake-along on Saturday 14th June, submit pictures of their treats to Sharon and await the announcement of who’d won the coveted winning prizes in the evening. If you give me free, easy recipes (and I happen to have an easy afternoon), then I’m there. Continue reading #NoBakeDay→
I am one of those people with an incredibly sweet tooth. No, scrap that, I think my entire dental structure is dedicated to the sweet cause, so the first recipe for this blog undoubtedly had to be cake. But not just any cake, this was the result of a busy Sunday morning in the kitchen, preparing for a sixtieth birthday party. The pressure was on, I had to impress.