Chocolate, pistachio and courgette cake (gluten and dairy free) – and a funny summer for the garden

I haven’t posted for ages. I’d like to pretend it was because I was doing too much other interesting stuff, but I just got out of the habit….. of writing, not baking, obviously. So here’s a garden update and a new recipe. The weather has been decidedly odd this year, but I guess this unpredictability … More Chocolate, pistachio and courgette cake (gluten and dairy free) – and a funny summer for the garden

Spelt, apricot and ginger rock cakes – and Printfest 2019

We spent this weekend with friends in Lancashire – mainly as I wanted to visit Printfest, held in the lovely town of Ulverston in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria. Printfest brings together printmakers from all over the UK and is ‘dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary hand-made prints’. I really enjoyed looking … More Spelt, apricot and ginger rock cakes – and Printfest 2019

Apple fruity tea loaf – and spring in the garden

It has been a lovely easter weekend in Edinburgh – warm enough for us to sit out in t-shirts……. I spent some time with ‘She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women’ – an anthology collated by Ana Sampson. It contains poems by very diverse poets, ancient and modern, names I know and … More Apple fruity tea loaf – and spring in the garden

Gluten free rhubarb and almond cake – and experimenting with sourdough

I love sourdough bread, but thought for a long time that making it would be an incredibly arduous process that I would never fit in around work etc. I also worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep the sourdough starter alive, or that it would grow and grow take over the whole kitchen. How … More Gluten free rhubarb and almond cake – and experimenting with sourdough

The perfect gluten free ginger cake? – and doing some ‘art’ again

As a child I used to draw and paint happily and unselfconsciously – I imagine my mum still has loads of my old scribbles stored away in the loft. I recently found one picture of a fairground that I can remember drawing – looking at it I am immediately back as the 6-year-old me, sat … More The perfect gluten free ginger cake? – and doing some ‘art’ again

Banana and Cardamon – and 50th birthday parties #50in50

Many people suffer from seasonal mood variations and for some this can be a severe problem. I’m sure you will be aware of the term Seasonal Affective Disorder¬†– a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Over Christmas I read ‘The light in the dark‘ by Horatio Clare, who has seasonal … More Banana and Cardamon – and 50th birthday parties #50in50