Rich beyond your wildest dreams: delicious millionaire’s shortbread

Sometimes an unemployed journalist just needs something to help her remember that culinary experiences won’t always be confined to Basics chopped tomatoes. And that thing comes in the apparently outrageously decadent form of millionaire’s shortbread. Is that really all that separates the mob from the aristocracy? The ability to transform two cans of condensed milk into gooey … 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

Mississippi Mud Pie

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, I’m always fascinated by the weird and wonderful world of American baking. Fellow foodie blogger Mrs Duck (of Mrs Duck’s Foodie Quacks) and her Lemon Chiffon Pie post recently inspired me to start delving into recipes from the US. And where better to start than a pud that’s named … Continue reading

Nice and chewy, not too doughy: the perfect golden Goldilocks cookies

Birthdays call for sugar, and lots of it. But it’s no good taking the risk of relying on others to come up with the goods. Oh no, that’s just too far too risky. Don’t worry, my birthday weekend didn’t see me making my own birthday cake (while weeping into the mixture). That would be far … Continue reading

Be My Valentine…

The surest route to a man’s heart? SUGAR. The quickest and easiest way to get their? Dipping pretzel snacks in melted chocolate. At least this is the quickest way to my man’s heart. But then we are talking about someone who claims to have invented the salty/sweet popcorn mixture, and who continues to enjoy a … Continue reading

Brownie Bliss

I’ve found it. The holy grail that any self-respecting baker quests for: the ultimate brownie recipe. Not too dry, not so squidgy that food poisoning’s a real risk…. And it  not only had nuts in it but actual chucks of delicious fudge. I didn’t concoct it but found it sitting seductively on my kitchen counter after a … Continue reading

My first SNOG

A Saturday without sugar is like a Sunday without a roast: fine, but you can’t help feeling you’ve missed out on a day where it’s ok to overindulge so much that you can’t concentrate on anything/sit up straight.  With this in mind, I decided that it was time to ferret out some of London’s more unusual sugary treats. Armed … Continue reading

Oreo M G

Scott and I have a tradition whereby we like to welcome the new year by watching Jurassic Park. There’s nothing like watching people being chewed to death by dinosaurs to really make you take a long hard look at yourself and count your blessings. Alongside this tradition stands another: gorging ourselves like the festive period … Continue reading