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Chocolate-date layer cake with peanut butter chocolate ganache

‘Until they discover that the universe was formed by a giant cake exploding, baking science will forever remain kitchen-based. Without realising it, we’re invoking complex science to create even the simplest birthday cake. We often feel a twinge of panic when we read the packaging of shop-bought cakes and see ingredients like emulsifiers, humectants, modified […]

A banana cake for a dear friend

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and […]


Sobremesa: (n.)  the time spent around the table after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with; time to digest and savour both food and friendship.   Isn’t that heaven? It conjures up images of my childhood, lying in bed listening to the muffled voices rising up the stairwell from the dining […]

Zucchini Fritters for the 2 year old

“As a rule, children dislike foods which are said to be good for them, or are forced on them, and they take strong fancies to foods which they are not allowed to eat; advantage should be taken of  these tendencies.” Eric Pritchard, ‘Enfant Education’ (1907)     I have a two year old. I am […]