Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Baby Jesus, Crown and Wreath: the whole story represented in my GBBO 7 Showstopper

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It only occurred to me writing the title for this post that the development of my Showstopper wreath was an inadvertent recreation of the Christmas story. Baking for the Christmas/New Year period is my favourite type of ‘relaxation’ baking. I … Continue reading

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‘Fake’ Buns and Suggestive Puns- Authenticity in Baking

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Authenticity is turning out to be one of the themes of this week, or rather debate about its relevance for cooking and eating. The ‘other’ great food-related  TV event of the week was the screening of Nigella Lawson’s Italianate series … Continue reading

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How to make strudel- Can I convince you it’s worth the bother?

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If our genetic origins are from Africa as one of the seven daughters of Eve, then it is in the Middle East that our ancestors first learnt to farm, growing the wheat without which there would be no baking. Yes … Continue reading

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Sticky Bannoffee Puddings with Chai Ice Cream- homage to Delia, tribute to Grace

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Certain recipes are associated with a time, place or a person and that can sometimes transcend individual viewpoints and cross into national fame. Dolly Parton was once asked if she regretted the fact that Whitney Houston had taken “I will … Continue reading

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Puddings Galore 1- Orange Chocolate Fondant with Cherries Jubilee

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Sometimes in order to create something better, it’s necessary to break down a partially formed structure into its component parts so that building can take place from a more stable base. It’s what happens with any reconstruction, whether that be … Continue reading

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The Carpetbagging of GBBO Programme 6 in Cyberspace

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I still haven’t seen this episode but of course from the weekend it was filmed, it was always going to be edited as a round of high drama for the series. ‘Midway’ through the filming schedule, after last week’s topsy … Continue reading

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An International Apple Pie

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I’m in Paris currently, and thinking of food with an international theme. However writing a post about Apple Pie is a bit like filling in an application for the job of Head of the United Nations – everybody expects you … Continue reading