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Why bother making Christmas Cake?

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. (LP Hartley, The Go-Between) Well actually I’d like to challenge that. And I’m going to raise the stakes with an argument for home made Christmas cake. Ian Jack  reviewed the … Continue reading

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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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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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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

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The GBBO Challenge- Gluten Free Brownie Bake Off

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James and John (nicknamed the Baking Apostles by me during filming- a great idea for a book surely someone?)  had a bit of a twitter debate recently about brownies and the ‘best’ sort. James was suggesting that gluten free flour … Continue reading

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Bagels, Barberries and Barleycorn

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Well my bagels hit the cutting room floor again this week , so that’s two weeks in a row that I’m ending up posting a picture of the little critters so those of you that are interested can see what … Continue reading