Pink cake

On Friday evening I sidled into a basement bar in Farringdon. My hat was low, my collar high, my demeanour shifty and in my hand I had a folded reusable shopping bag that I was prepared to use. I was there to meet my dealer. My rhubarb dealer.

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Are these brownies or teeny tiny T-bone steaks? It’s almost impossible to tell

When my friends have a birthday, two thoughts occur to me. The first is that I absolutely must remember not to drink too much wine at their party (ha!). The second is: what meat-shaped novelty cake shall […]

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Little lemon, almond and polenta cakes

Urban Food Fortnight, that two week waltz through the community gardens of London is over and I am laid up in bed with the kind of cold that only hits when you stop working, have a sit down and let your immune […]

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Last week’s Band of Bakers meeting was themed around American baking in a belated nod to the 4th of July and I decided to make my own Twinkies.

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Popcorn, pretzel and M&Ms cake

Some people can decorate cakes. They swirl buttercream, twirl floral wires and fiddle with sugarpaste until what you have before you is not a jam sponge, but a rose garden, a pirate ship or a dragon.

I can’t decorate […]

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There’s something smugly pleasing about turning an inedible lump of food waste that was destined for the bin into a slab of tasty sponge cake. Albeit, only smugly pleasing if I ignore the fact that I allowed some food to go rotten in my fridge in the first place. I gloss […]

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Cheers The Dish and The Spoon

I’m a tiny bit late on this one, so let’s pretend it’s the 6th November. Because on the 6th November The Dish and The Spoon was 6 months old – a momentous occasion that deserves party hats, balloons, cake and a timely […]

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The bacon and egg pie is under attack

Back in 2009, when it was all fields and forests around here, I posted a recipe for bacon and egg pie. It was a recipe I used to make every week when I worked in Greenwich market, selling cake and […]

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Speculaas men

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Speculaas men

Of all the vices that spatter my soul, like toothpaste across a mirror, buying secondhand cookbooks is the one I find the hardest to give up. It might not seem that terrible a habit to you. Noble even – the pursuit of knowledge and social good at a […]

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Chocolate, raspberry and French pastry pudding ready for the oven

Necessity is not simply the po-faced, thrift-obsessed mother of invention. She’s also the saucily winking, good-time godmother of puddings. Many a cook has stood in his/her kitchen staring at a stale loaf of bread or a black heap […]

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