Too busy eating to take a proper picture

This week was dessert week on #GBBO. This time last year no one could have a conversation without first clarifying their position on Bingate. Had Diana sabotaged Iain’s Baked Alaska, and was it right that he was sent [...]

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Morning loaf

I’m running very late with my #GBBO Bake Along this week. Mostly due to going on holiday, which meant I spent last week frantically working and packing and wondering what I’d forgotten to pack, meaning there was no time for baking at all.

Plus, I’ve already [...]

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Mine, all mine

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, is the story of a book loving, maths whizzing little girl, who is nearly 5 and might very well grow up to be a criminal mastermind. She goes to school and then to war with Agatha Trunchball, a head teacher of [...]

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Last week was biscuit week on GBBO and I went to my first ever GBBO party. It was tremendous, mainly because it was a party that involved sitting on a sofa, eating biscuits, drinking cocktails and shouting: “THAT IS NOT A BISCUIT!” at the TV. I wish more [...]

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I was inspired to make this ridiculously time consuming dinner for one after listening to Ruth Rogers on Desert Island Discs. That, and having six ripe tomatoes – fat as tennis balls, their skins cracking with juice – sitting in the fruit bowl waiting to be eaten.

On Desert [...]

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You can insert your own joke about a nice crack here

Great British Bake Off is back and kitchens across the country resound with the rattle of wooden spoons against mixing bowls. As I watched episode one along with the rest of Twitter, misswhiplash [...]

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Nothing is happier than sprinkles

It’s Great British Bake Off time and I am eating cake. I’d be a fool not to. Watching GBBO without a slice of sponge is torture. Cruel and inhumane. Last year I started the series with a square of Carrot Cake [...]

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Pick up a picnic

Growing up in Portsmouth, summer was always spent on the beach. We’d pile into the car: me, my sisters, my cousins, a few friends, and a parent or two; and drive down to the seaside ‘before the rush’, which meant 8am. By 8.30am we’d have colonised [...]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for gin

It’s summer, which means parties, picnics, barbecues and sitting on the pavement outside the pub, drinking pints and feeling very continental. If Christmas is the height of winter drinking, then summer is when we put on our booze bikinis [...]

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The power of beer is strong

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a scheme to set up a new brewery in Lewisham, called Ignition Brewery. My friend Nick O’Shea was trying to win funding to set it up with Lewisham Mencap, creating jobs for adults with [...]

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