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 9 – lemon fondant fancies

Okay I know I have only just posted my tudor pie (chicken and leek with hot water crust – delicious), but I am catching up before the GBBO ends tomorrow (sob, end of an era as who knows how it will be reincarnated on Channel 4?). For patisserie week there were the options of savoury […]

GBBO week 6 – coconut and raspberry cake

Botanicals … when I think of botanicals I think of gin … I do have a rather one-track mind where my favourite tipple is concerned though. Mmmmm, gin. But for the Great British Bake Off botanicals week I was a bit stumped, as I have already made a G&T cake. Inspired by my weekly visits […]

GBBO week 1 – apple and rum drizzle cake

It is August 2016 and the Great British Bake Off is back for another year. And not only that, the Great Bloggers Bake Off is also back, so I’ll be participating in Jenny’s challenge each week and making one of the Bake Off bakes. If you want to join in (you don’t have to be […]

Weeks 23-27 – birthday celebrations and nurturing my bump

These last few weeks have flown by as Andrew and I prepare for the imminent arrival of our baby boy, and it seems like there’s hardly any time to fit blogging around cooking, cleaning, sorting out the garden, sorting out the nursery, working, and finding the energy to grow this baby inside of me, as […]

It’s chocolate time: #WeShouldCocoa USA theme roundup

I have discovered that hosting a food blogger’s roundup – especially one with a chocolate theme – is dangerous. Each time a new link has been added to my blog I’ve received an email to tell me about another delicious recipe that I need to try, and I have immediately wanted to make each and […]

Happy birthday dear blog, celebrating with spiced apple and rum cake (new recipe)

Hey, it’s my blog’s birthday: three years ago today I started It’s not easy being greedy with this introductory post, and I am still here. I think I have only missed one week of blogging, so you poor sods my dear readers have been hearing from me loads. Aren’t you the lucky ones? (don’t answer […]

GBBO challenge week 1 – Cake: Gin & Tonic madeira cake

I do love a bit of Bake Off, and Andrew even lets me watch it … although he only managed approximately 40 seconds of it before he stuck his earphones on. I genuinely don’t understand why he hates the show so much – it’s so relaxing to watch, and of course a great way to pick […]

40th birthday cake – drunken Welsh dragon vanilla cake

Yes, you did read that correctly: I made a 40th birthday cake of vanilla sponge and it was decorated with a drunken Welsh dragon. Sound strange? Well, it actually was completely suitable for Andrew: it was his 40th birthday, he is Welsh, and he loves getting drunk, so voila! Actually I can’t take credit for the […]

Baking with Betty Crocker

I was recently invited to  Betty Crocker bake and decorate event in London and was disappointed to discover that Betty was invented in the 1920s by American Mad Men. ‘Her’ first product was Bisquick (still available in shops now) and ‘she’ was introduced to the British market in the 1990s. My brother Jason and I […]