There were two black-spotted bananas in the office fruit bowl. They had that sagging look. The kind that means the skin is ready to fall off and the banana is humming with sugar. I felt sorry for them, those poor forgotten bananas. So, in the spirit of no banana being left behind, I […]

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I originally published this recipe on March 17th 2010, a month before I went to Ballymaloe to learn how to cook. It was my St Patrick’s Day post and marked the final countdown to moving to Ireland for three months. A time of using up things, packing up things, […]

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Do you know how to order a Sambey Jagey? You stand at the bar, leaning at a 45° angle – ideally forwards, but often backwards. You point your index finger towards the heavens (left or right, whichever you prefer) and revolve it slowly, painting circles in the sky. When the barman […]

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This week it was my friend Naomi’s birthday. Naomi, along with Gemma, founded the Band of Bakers, a baking club that I erratically attend, normally with something terrible and childish squashed in a Tupperware tub. Like the tower of popcorn, M&Ms and pretzels that I […]

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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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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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No, I haven’t just helped myself to a slice. How dare you even make such a suggestion. *guilty crumb face*

An iron grey June sky is sitting low over the park and the air smells of hot pavement, dry lawns and rains to come. I’m on a picnic […]

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A truly awesome plate (pudding’s not bad either)

My new favourite cookbook is New Feast by Greg and Lucy Malouf. Published last year, I found it in a stack of cookbooks at work and brought it home to read. That was about six weeks ago and […]

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