Birthday Cupcakes

When my friend Cheryl asked me if I would bake some cupcakes for her daughter’s 12th birthday with ‘Happy 12th Birthday Megan’ iced on them I hesitated for a moment. Fairy cakes (as I knew them when I was a child) are easy to make and I’ve made them enough times before but those glorious cakes with billowing buttercream icing so perfectly iced sitting prettily in the shop cabinet, they were a different matter. Megan had her heart set on cupcakes for her birthday, her mum told me, and I suddenly felt the enormity of the responsibility; would my 2nd rate cupcakes ruin a little girl’s big day? Eek!

Raise Your Glasses to 2011

2010 really was the most incredible year for me. It’s seen me realise my dream of writing a cookbook and after several years of hard work I finally got to hold my very own published work in my hands. It doesn’t get better than that. You told me how much you enjoyed the book when you read it and cooked from it and that means the world to me. As I wrote it I thought of you, thinking of you curled up with it in bed or wrapped in a throw in a favourite chair on a cold winter’s day, and splattering it with batter as you cooked from it in your steamy kitchen. And so to hear your lovely feedback is overwhelmingly wonderful. Read post.

Christmas 2010

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In the Bag: Cooking the Month of December

For this month’s ‘In the Bag’ food blogging event, my co-host, Scott of the delicious blog Real Epicurean, and I are getting festive! Take a look at what we’ve put in the bag: Chocolate Nuts Cream For those of you…

Back to the Roots of Mexican Cuisine

Not so long ago the words ‘Mexican food in London’ are likely to have conjured up images of brightly painted cartoon eateries with sombrero-clad waiters serving up fajitas and jugs of cheap margarita to hen parties (ah, those were the…

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

Having sat and watched as the north of the country became blanketed in snow I was very pleased when it came my way. And boy, did it come. Read post.

Wild Rabbit Stew (with Cook’s Treat)

November’s ‘In the bag’ event, hosted by Scott at Real Epicurean featured game, one of the things I most look forward to cooking in the autumn. My local butcher usually has rabbit available, albeit in his freezer as I guess…

The Snow Day Bake-Off

I love snow and I’ve been wistfully following the flurries around the UK on the news, Twitter, blogs and Facebook, wondering if it will head my way. I have a section in my new cookbook listing things to do on snow days and I’m looking forward to doing them when I get my own snow day. Until then, I thought it would be fun if we have a little food blogging event and you can send me pictures of the snow where you are so I get to see it, along with the lovely bakes you make. What do you think; sound like fun? Read post.