Greek baklava

Having just come back from a holiday, I’m immediately nostalgic for sandy beaches, blue skies and sunshine so hot it feels like knives. The UK in all its autumnal splendour can provide me with none of these things, but courtesy of this recipe for Greek baklava on Aol Lifestyle […]

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Apple and elderberry chutney in the pan

It’s your last chance to shake the elderberries from the hedgerows before the hurricane winds come along and scatter them for you. And once you have your carrier bag full of purple-staining berries, trot on over to The Dabbler for a recipe for Apple […]

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Fancy magazine

I know what you’re thinking. No, really. I do. It’s a gift I have. Firstly, you’re wondering whether it’s too early to put the central heating on. Let me reassure you, it’s fine. It’s never too soon to experience the joy of socks warm from the radiator. And secondly, you’re […]

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Vegan cherry and almond cake

Vegan cakes. They’re not everyone’s idea of a good time. Mostly this is because, instead of embracing the differences inherent in a dairy and egg-free baking, vegan bakers attempt to replicate a traditional sponge to prove vegan cakes are just like normal cakes. And it doesn’t really work. […]

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Dressed crab

What is summer without a screaming crustacean being boiled to death? If you’d like to try out your skills as a murderer of seafood, then scoot over to The Dabbler where I’ve explained how to kill and dress crab. Click here for scenes of marine horror.

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Battenburg cake

I’ve been sat here for ages, trying to write an introduction to the recipe for Battenburg cake that’s now up on Aol Lifetsyle. I’ve been wondering what to say to encourage you to click here and find out how unbelievably easy it is to bake a Battenburg.

After hours […]

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Fancy

On July 13, 2011 By

Fancy magazine

Reading things online is fun, isn’t it? The screen’s flickering, hypnotic light dazzles and beguiles you while you scan the words and if you get bored half way through you can open up another screen and watch a kitten punch itself in the face.

Reading stuff on paper in normal magazines […]

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Pasteis de nata

Layers of crisp, flaky pastry well greased with butter, a pool of silken, yellow custard, crinkly black spots of caramelised sugar – it’s not hard to work out why Portuguese custard tarts are popular. They’re marching their way through the country, appearing in every deli and farmer’s market from London […]

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Elderflower fairy cakes

I’m an unstoppable recipe-generating machine, even while lying on a sofa in a darkened room wearing sunglasses and swallowing lovely, lovely painkillers. Hopefully you know this because you’ve been going over to Aol Lifestyle to see if I’m there and you can get your Gin and Crumpets fix. […]

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All broken

On May 23, 2011 By

My eyes have gone wrong. They have broken and are beginning a slow, steady decline into blindness. It’s entirely my parent’s fault. They provided me with rubbish eyes genes, which mean I’m very short sighted and therefore more likely to develop detached retinas. This is because my eyes are not plump rounds, but strained rugby […]

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