Cake Eight: Apple, Cinnamon and Cider Cake

I have a soft spot for Rick Stein. His recipes can be infuriatingly precise (who measures garlic in grams when cloves will do?) and I’m sure there’s something to be criticised in his Far Eastern Odysseys, but the books are beautifully photographed and the recipes are so real – when you read them on theContinue reading “Cake Eight: Apple, Cinnamon and Cider Cake”

Cake Six: Green Tea Drizzle Cake

This week’s lockup menu has included some Asian-inspired meals. Mapo tofu (one of the only tofu recipes I actually like) and handmade chicken and mushroom dumplings, and rice noodle chicken salad. I was on the hunt for a cake that would complement these meals and the Wagamama cookbook came to the rescue. I discovered WagamamaContinue reading “Cake Six: Green Tea Drizzle Cake”

Cake Five: Retro Gingerbread

I have a real fondness for old cookbooks. Absurd combinations of ingredients, presented in what seem now like deeply unfashionable ways. A window onto a simpler past, at least in terms of the number of ingredients available to the home cook. There is much to write about our changing ways of eating from a sociologicalContinue reading “Cake Five: Retro Gingerbread”

Cake Four: Ginger and Walnut Carrot Cake

I had a few questions about whether I was going to make an Easter-themed cake. Since this challenge is about cake recipes rather than decorations, I wasn’t inspired by most of the cute suggestions with icing chicks and eggs and so on. I was impressed by a crucifix-shaped cake featuring a marzipan Jesus but IContinue reading “Cake Four: Ginger and Walnut Carrot Cake”

Cake Two: Upside-Down Plum Cake

Cake two was delicious. The perfect cake for after dinner on an autumn evening – warm, and saucy, with tart purple plums and a crust that had just started to caramelise. So good. The recipe comes from a book called “Riverstone Kitchen – recipes from a chef’s garden”, by Bevan Smith. Bevan and his wifeContinue reading “Cake Two: Upside-Down Plum Cake”

Cake One: Raspberry Sour Cream Cake

I decided I’d better get started, but I had a lot of other stuff to do today so kept things pretty simple with Nigella Lawson’s Raspberry-Flecked Sour Cream Cake from her “At My Table” book. I love Nigella, you should check out her website, and you can find out more about “At My Table” atContinue reading “Cake One: Raspberry Sour Cream Cake”

The Rules = My Rules

Some of you have been asking me questions about the challenge. Like, “Is a pancake a cake?” “Is a cheesecake a cake?” “Banana loaf?” “Swedish fishcakes?” (For the record: No; It depends; Yes; No – you monster!). I made this challenge for myself, and while I said in my last post that when I setContinue reading “The Rules = My Rules”

Starting something new in a time of change.

A lot has happened in the past few days. To put it mildly. Over a third of the world’s population is in lockdown. Almost all of the businesses in New Zealand are closed. We are allowed out of our homes only to go to the supermarket or to access healthcare, or to get fresh airContinue reading “Starting something new in a time of change.”