Apple, ginger and cranberry cake – and some book recommendations…

I’ve promised some book recommendations to a couple of my friends who have absolutely loved The Salt Path which I mentioned in this post. So here you are ladies – firstly, All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison is an amazing read. Set in East Anglia in 1933, it is incredibly atmospheric and very, very … More Apple, ginger and cranberry cake – and some book recommendations…

Not-so-healthy ginger cake – and welcoming a new decade

Wow, it’s 2020 already. How did that happen? I started the decade with a sunrise swim which lasted, oh, seconds at least… We’ve managed some beautiful walks over the holidays – it has been cold, but crisp and clear. On days like this, Edinburgh is even more beautiful than usual – this is a view … More Not-so-healthy ginger cake – and welcoming a new decade

Orange and saffron cake (dairy free +/- gluten free)

I haven’t posted for ages. There are a few cakes to share with you so here’s one I made this weekend. It doesn’t look much, but it is lovely, I promise. Mr McGregor complains that he doesn’t like ‘carrot cake’, but he has seen this one off. This is a modified version of Harry Eastwood’s … More Orange and saffron cake (dairy free +/- gluten free)

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