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

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

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake – and some reflections on 2018….

It’s 2019 then! How did that happen? ¬†I’m back to work tomorrow after a Christmas and New Year break (thankfully, Scotland has an extra public holiday on 2nd January just to allow us to ease into the New Year a little more slowly). We spent Christmas in Northumberland where I managed a Christmas Day swim … More Gluten and dairy free carrot cake – and some reflections on 2018….

Apricot and almond cake with rosewater and cardamom (gluten free) – and spring is here at last!

I am really enjoying this spring, it somehow seems more vibrant and alive – the colours seem so bright and fresh and everything in the garden is shooting up suddenly. I wonder if everything really is happening very quickly after such a long winter, or if I am just enjoying it more because the bad … More Apricot and almond cake with rosewater and cardamom (gluten free) – and spring is here at last!

Gluten free apple and almond cake – and the original Bramley apple

While we were in Nottingham the other week I took the opportunity to visit the little town of Southwell. While it has some nice shops, which of course I had to check out, it also has a lovely Minster church. As a child I went there for specific school or Girl Guide events, but I … More Gluten free apple and almond cake – and the original Bramley apple

Raspberry and polenta cake (gluten free) – and Orkney Beremeal

It’s pouring with rain today so it’s been a good day to do some baking. I also found myself looking through my photos from our visit to Orkney. Mr McGregor and I had originally discussed going somewhere warm for our holiday – France? Italy? but somehow we ended up going north by some distance.¬†Although this … More Raspberry and polenta cake (gluten free) – and Orkney Beremeal