Category Archives: Cookery books

A New Cookbook and a New Cake

Oh, I still get SO excited when I get a new cookbook. Even though I know, from experience, that I’ll probably only find one or two recipes in it that I’ll use again and again, the childish pleasure of flicking … Continue reading

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New York Carrot Cake

I started this blog with the intention of collecting together all my recipes in one place, of collating the dribs and drabs I have filed away over the years, whether in my head or on paper. But what is really … Continue reading

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My First Cookbook: Coffee and Walnut Cake

The first cookbook I remember seeing or using is all about baking, or rather about one of the fundamentals of baking, flour. The Homepride Book of Home Baking was published in 1970 and proudly claims to be ‘the first metric … Continue reading

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Moules Marinières

I ate my first mussel in France when I was 16 years old and have loved them ever since. I’d like to say it was a Proustian madeleine moment, and that I remember every detail but I’d be lying. However, … Continue reading

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Comfort Baking: Melting Moments

Comfort is a concept that gets a bad press. How many times have I been told, or read, that it’s important to get out of my ‘comfort zone’? Or not to get ‘too comfortable’? ‘Comfy’ shoes and clothes are not … Continue reading

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Fast Fab Salads

London is not designed for heat. The streets are narrow, the Tube is un-airconditioned and it houses almost eight million people. So the last week’s temperatures have been a challenge. After seven years of taking the Tube for two hours … Continue reading

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