Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Can you go back to savoury now? Cheese and onion muffins

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Well so far this blog may not have stretched you enough as a reader. Isn’t it time to challenge your prejudices, shatter some misconceptions and as David Brent would say to ‘think out of the box’ a bit? What I’m … Continue reading

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Bake Off Confidential – bittersweet adventures in a TV show

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Don’t get me wrong: I gained a huge amount from the Bake Off experience and I cook every day I’m at home and still love to bake. I’m not going to give you a blow by blow account of how … Continue reading

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If the GBBO Final were the Tour de France…

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So there you have it, the game has come to a close. It was John, in the tent with a hairdryer that did it. But what did he ‘do’? Inevitably there has been considerable debate regarding the choice and whether he … Continue reading

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Hype and Design Prior to the GBBO Final

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Two of the first post war iconic designs for small cars, the bubble car and Mini could not have had more different origins: the bubble car was created in peacetime by Messerschmidt and Heinkel as a way of using up … Continue reading

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Tears of despair before the GBBO semi final – tears of relief after.

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“Isfahan is half the world” it was said about the city when Shah ‘Abbas the most famous of the Safavid kings ruled Iran. At the same time as the Tudors ruled England and looked to new worlds for wealth and … Continue reading

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Which spice is your favourite? Why mine is ‘French Spice’, Pain D’Epice.

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Baking for me is all about getting “what I really, really want”. There is of course a price to pay for that kind of behaviour, balancing the equation of eating and moving so that the scales stay unchanged. They didn’t … Continue reading

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What do crackers say about us- frazzled, nutty or only good with a drink? GBBO 8

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It is a truth universally acknowledged amongst the continually time pressed that no one makes their own crackers these days. What was this idea for signature biscuits- shades of Abigail’s Party in which we all float around putting bits of … Continue reading