GBBO week 2 – sandwich biscuits: cobnut and chocolate viennese biscuits

Once again I enjoyed the new series of Bake Off – ultimately the format is winning out, regardless of whether the new presenters are still finding their feet. I am becoming a big fan of Prue (can I be honest? I never really loved Mary Berry …), and Noel and Sandy are growing on me. […]

Week 37 – more celebration cake

2 weeks and 2 celebration cakes. The first for Evie’s christening, and the second for Geoff’s 60th birthday party. Phew, I will be happy to get back to evenings of just cooking dinner and letting Ioan fling it all over the place, instead of baking and icing cakes! It’s been fun, but exhausting, and I […]

GBBO week 1 – illusion cake: Arsenal football shirt 60th birthday cake

So the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is back? Like, I think, most people, when Channel 4 announced that the Bake Off would move away from the Beeb this year, I was a bit gutted, but I knew I would have to keep watching it. When I heard that Noel Fielding and Sandy Toksvig were going […]

Week 36 – a rainbow christening cake

You know how they say that all the best laid plans go to waste? Well that’s kind of what happened with me last week. On Monday lunchtime I ate my pre-made couscous with roasted veggies, and on Monday night we all had homemade fish pie for dinner. But by 11pm I was vomiting my way […]

Week 35 – I’m back!

Well hello, my name’s Tracy. I used to write a food blog called ‘It’s not easy being greedy‘, and then I had a baby who basically stole all my time, and suddenly week 23 turns into week 35 and I’ve finally got five minutes to try and update my little bit of space on the […]

Week 23 – a killer cough

It’s kind of Sod’s law that in the week that Ioan starts to sleep so much better, both Andrew and I come down with a stinking cough and cold that means we can’t sleep! Even better, because I am breastfeeding I can’t take any medication either (although I am off to the doctor tonight for […]

Week 22 – no bangers on this barbecue

I do love a good barbecue, but my experience of good ones is somewhat limited. Although I can cook steak or burgers and bangers to perfection on a barbecue (no burnt outside / raw inside for me), some halloumi on the grill is about as adventurous as I get. Luckily our friends Darren and Laura […]

Week 21 – The Frog Restaurant by Adam Handling (review)

Sometimes when you are getting no sleep, no sleep, and more no sleep, the only answer is to go out and get drunk! Okay, that’s not quite what I did at The Frog Restaurant, but my mummy friends and I did treat ourselves to the tasting menu and drinks pairing, which was quite a lot […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 8

Just after Ioan turned 8 months old, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Andrew actually did not believe I would want a Mother’s Day present, as in his view it wasn’t like Ioan was choosing a gift, so it was meaningless. He mentioned this point of view to his colleagues at work who (fortunately for […]

Week 20 – more new teeth and even less sleep

Just two weeks ago I posted that Ioan’s fifth and sixth teeth were making an appearance. Well, teeth seven and eight have popped out now too. I say popped out, but anyone with a teething baby will know that teeth do not just pop out. Ioan has been a crying, ear-pulling, bundle of misery, unless […]