Well, it’s semi final week on the Great British Bake Off. What do you think of this series? It feels more sedate to me. That’s not meant in a negative way. I mean it well. It seems to have found its way back to where it came from. I like all the contestants, there feel to be less pantomime dames. It’s a happier, less controversial place this year. I wonder if this is in anticipation of being away next year before they start again on Channel 4 in 2018? Almost like having a little good will in the bag. Anyway, who cares. I’ve been working with Aldi and I have an amazing chocolate cake complete with chocolate collar that we made to celebrate all the wonderful Team GB medal wins. But you could adapt it for any ocassion – there are instructions on how to write any message into the collar. Yes, I love you all that much. There’s even a video:
I was recently given a new AEG Steambake oven (read the review here), and as part of the agreement between myself and AEG I wrote three recipes, the first of which is this chocolate tart with coconut and lime. READ MORE
Now I know pressure cookers generally are used for making stews and other such savoury items, but time has moved on. (Obviously they are still excellent for hot pots and curries etc). I want you to consider for a second the prospect of a really creamy, perfectly cooked baked cheesecake without the 4 hour faff. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to…. (drum roll) pressure cooker cheesecake. Not only that, I made this particular one the chocolate variety. Because I am nice like that. READ MORE
There’s a curious thing about freelancing. There’s no set ebb and flow to it. Sometimes you have a quiet week. They are the weeks when you ponder what on earth you’re doing, eat too many white chocolate cupcakes, and discuss with anyone who’ll listen if you nerves can really handle this kind of existence. Then you have a week where you are booked up and busy and developing 8 recipes in one day for three different clients. They are the days where you dare to dream that it might always be like this. (And you also eat too many white chocolate cupcakes). READ MORE
We’ve been decorating again. We ruin every holiday with trips to Wickes, Ikea and the Dulux Decorator centre. I worry that the boys will only have memories of misery amongst DIY tools from their childhood. That and being asked not to touch the baked goods as they’re for work. READ MORE
I tentatively write this recipe up as a ‘mother’s day’ blog post. But I won’t lecture how we should all be thankful for our mothers. The thing is, mothering is an act. It’s not a giving-birth right. Not in my opinion anyway. READ MORE
I’m a mum of 3 boys, a cookbook writer and also a finalist on the 2011 Great British Bake Off.
I’ve decided to record the recipes I use, partly to save them somewhere and partly in case someone else might like to use them...