What’s a blondie… and can it be vegan?

I’d not come across a blondie before, at least not when it wasn’t in the form of a slightly patronising remark from an older gent. But luckily I happened across Poppy of Poppy’s Patisserie mouthwateringly good blog Maple Almond Blondies to inspire me to give the recipe a go. In fact they looked to be my dream … Continue reading

It’s not Terry’s, it’s MINE: delicious chocolate orange birthday cake

Now I’m a firm believer in taste over presentation when it comes to pudding. But I realised last night that this rule should not be applied to birthday cakes. Unless you want the recipient to make genuine ‘oh you really shouldn’t have’ noises. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong with my chocolate and orange cake – I’ve … Continue reading

Euphoric cake tasting at Euphorium Bakery

Rule number one when you visit Euphorium Bakery on Upper Street, Islington is to specify which one to meet at. There’s one at 79 and one at 202 and friends will not be impressed if they are left stranded at the wrong end of the road. And those in the right location will start getting very restless … Continue reading

Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets

Screw journalism, I’ve just found my ideal career. I’ve decided that nothing would make me happier in life than to be one of the kitchen cake helpers barked at sporadically throughout Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets. Actually, scrap that. I’ll be his third wife please, a vacancy that Raymond bizarrely made many references to being free in this week’s … Continue reading

Baking Made Boring

If one of my friends ever sends me a phone-message picture of delicious, freshly baked focaccia bread, I will immediately delete them from my address book. The only exception would be if the loaf was shaped like a willy. But I’m fairly sure the culprit of said smug posing, Lorraine Pascale of new BBC cookery show Baking … Continue reading

What’s wrong with you cupcake?!

One of my most vivid childhood memories is having a tantrum in Sainsbury’s when Mum broke it to me that the wafer ice-cream cones we’d bought did not come ready-made with the delicious toppings pictured on the packet. I’m fairly convinced that the  bafflingly obvious ‘serving suggestions’ on food (put milk on my cereal? Thanks Mr Kellogg’s), … Continue reading

I can’t believe it’s not butter

“Jeeeeen,” my friend Scott says ominously, squinting disbelievingly at an empty trifle packet. “Do you want to know how many grams of saturated fat there are in a quarter of this?” “Nah,” I say, trying to disguise my sense of rising panic. I’d just eaten half. Turns out if we’d stuck to a modest quarter, … Continue reading

The Lemon Shizzle

On today’s menu…lemon drizzle cake. Why? Because it’s without a doubt one of the tastiest cakes known to man…and I’ve tried a few (cakes that is). Also, it was between that and analysing in stomach-churning detail the horrendous Sainsbury’s-bought sugar monstrosity that I subjected a crowd to last night. This Brownie Mudslide was like X … Continue reading