During one of my occasional back sweeps through the blog, I realised this recipe had vanished into the sinkhole that opened up when I moved the site from its original home to this shiny new palace. So I’ve rescued it in time for Stir Up Sunday.

This is a Christmas cake […]

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I know what you’re thinking: Bonfire Night is over. You don’t need Bonfire Night recipes any more. What you need are recipes for aspirational homemade gifts, chutney and festive spirits. Then you can file them away till a week before Christmas, when you’ll remember your good intentions, panic and sweep round the shops buying novelty socks, […]

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The infection finally settled in my chest on the same day the fog covered London. I’d been sick for a week by then. Dripping nose, wheezing cough, a throat like hot gravel. A typical cold, in other words. But something had prompted the virus to make a leap for greatness. So it crept into my lungs […]

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Great British Bake Off is over, but with my usual tremendous sense of timing, I still have some baking to go if I am going to bake along with the show. Or with the memory of the show, which is what is happening now.

I’m not doing two of the signature bakes. Firstly, […]

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We had a regular roster of meals when I was growing up. If there was roast chicken on Sundays, then there was always chicken soup on Mondays, with fat cloudy dumplings bobbing in the stock. One night would be shepherd’s pie night. A triple layer affair, with a pool of mince and gravy topped with […]

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I have a lot of cookbooks. A lot. And my favourite kind are the ones published in the 1960s and 70s, with a mahogany sideboard, crystal decanter of red wine and horn of plenty spilling grapes everywhere on the cover. They are the absolute best.

The recipes in those books are a glorious mix of […]

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After last week’s rant and no recipe, this week you get a recipe and no rant. Probably the best way round. Episode 6 of Great British Bake Off was all about pastry. Shortcrust, puff and a cheese filled pastry snack from Cyprus because what would be the point of the technical challenge […]

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“You can’t use sugar. You can use honey, fruit, but nothing that comes from a bag.” And so the stupidest challenge on Great British Bake Off since it began was announced.

The contestants had to make a sugar-free cake, but crucially they would still need to be sweet. In the intros Paul suggested they […]

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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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