I eat my feelings, and maybe you do too

I am the sort of person who thinks a lot about food. You might be able to tell. Most of my jokes are about biscuits, aren't they? I maintain forever and always that a good biscuit joke sets most people at ease and, an additional benefit, encourages them to think more about biscuits. Lately I've … Continue reading I eat my feelings, and maybe you do too

Cakery Bakery: the only pumpkin chocolate chip cookie you will ever need

Yesterday night we skipped off to watch Ender's Game at the cinema (which I loved). And so, in the spirit of dramatic sci-fi narration, let me say this: there are some recipes that will CHANGE YOUR LIIIIIIFE. And this is one of them. Thanks to a lovely friend being wonderfully generous with the contents of … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: the only pumpkin chocolate chip cookie you will ever need

Autumn love #3: the pie’s the thing

One of the advantages of not frequenting Pinterest - apart from having no burning desire whatever to upcycle my plumbing - is that we're almost done with October and I'm still hugely excited about pumpkin recipes. I scoped out Waitrose a couple of weeks ago for canned pumpkin (there were five tins and I only … Continue reading Autumn love #3: the pie’s the thing

Five cakes for five occasions

This week we have discovered that the more people you have in a house, the longer you can keep a cold virus going. We just keep throwing it between us like a frisbee of snotty sadness. I'm a lot better at catching colds than I am at catching frisbees (twice in a week, now! I … Continue reading Five cakes for five occasions

Cakery Bakery: Cinnamon roll cake

I finished work on Friday. Not forever, but for long enough. Oh, it was like being let out of school before the long summer holiday, only with several hundred added Braxton Hicks. I bought a newborn car seat, in celebration (by heck do I know how to live). And then I made a cake. It … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Cinnamon roll cake

Cakery Bakery: Strawberry cream puff cake

We made it to May! I don't have any maypoles handy, and I'm not keen on the idea of gathering nuts, in May or otherwise. But, do you know, it feels like an awfully long time since I made some cake. It being May and all, we decided to bake something appropriate for sunny weather. … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Strawberry cream puff cake

It’s my birthday, and I wished for this

This, being... one insomniac coughing fit so energetic I blew out an eardrum (brills) two naps, three boxes of chocolate, four new books (better) one cafe breakfast and a bottle of the best French lemonade we ever had one birthday cake made from piled-up scones-and-cream-and-jam and one boy in tractor wellies, one boy popping the … Continue reading It’s my birthday, and I wished for this

Ten tips for winning over your fussy eater: toddler edition

Oh, my friends, here we are again. These days, cajoling food into Henry's mouth has just become part of our family landscape. When we were in London on Friday, he took an unexpected liking to the tiny bowl of pasta we'd ordered for him, and ate almost all of it. He hates pasta. He also … Continue reading Ten tips for winning over your fussy eater: toddler edition

How to do pancake day like you really, really mean it

Listen up, suckahs! We tend to get very serious about pancake day in this house. No, let me rephrase. I tend to get very serious about pancake day in this house. I do not believe in restricting pancake consumption, no indeed. But a day when you can have pancakes for dinner just because history says … Continue reading How to do pancake day like you really, really mean it

Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes

I always have the best of intentions when I start to bake. Well, no. Sometimes I have the best of intentions. Yesterday I did. I should bake something practical, I thought. I've got those frozen raspberries I need to use up (Failed Henry Experiment No. 736). Or, maybe something healthy. Something with oats in? Oats … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes