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Maple Syrup Lebkuchen…and my letter to Santa

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Dear Santa, It has been a quite a while since I last wrote – about 40 years to be exact, but hey, it’s the thought that counts. Except when it comes to presents, and then they should be just what … Continue reading

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Cumin and Potato Stottie, Vegetable Lecso- revenge of the root vegetables

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I am chided by my veg box. In a week when food poverty  and a growth in the consumption of processed foods is highlighted as on the increase, I am feeling guilty by the mound of vegetables I’ve failed to get through … Continue reading

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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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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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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

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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