Two vegan birthday cake recipes- both equally delicious

Lashings of gooey buttercream, to-die-for moist sponge, rich chocolatey flavours… though I’d made the two cakes I was presenting to my lactose and egg intolerant flatmate myself, even I couldn’t believe that these  birthday treats were safe for her to eat. The temptation was to launch myself between her and the forkful of birthday cake she … 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

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