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

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

Mad about Macarons!

I have a confession to make. On the same night that I concocted my Mississppi Mud Pie last week, my housemate also made some delicious macarons. And I ate several. Needless to say these tasty French treats have disappeared now, and needless to say any house that knowingly make a sticky choclatey pie and cream-filled … 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

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

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