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 Seven: Chocolate Stout Cake

I have been a bit slack writing blog posts of late. I kept at it with the cakes though, but making two a week started to seem a bit pointless since there’s no-one much around to share them with. I am also acutely conscious that while lockdown is a total drag, I’m one of theContinue reading “Cake Seven: Chocolate Stout 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 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”

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

There’s a saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. And as I have said on more than one occasion, please put “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” on my headstone. How this project actually came about was that I was drinking at my friend’s place, after having previouslyContinue reading “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time”

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.”