Romania – Cozonac

Cozonac. A Romanian sweet bread eaten at Easter and Christmas (or in my case, January). I thought this was going to be quite an undertaking when I looked at the recipe, and to be fair, it kind of was, but it was also great. It tastes just wonderful, the mix of chocolate and citrus, with…

Czech Republic – Koláče

This week we venture to the Czech Republic, where I have found myself relying a little too heavily on the questionable products of Google Translate. I thought the most accurate recipes would be in Czech, and so I found a couple of recipes, but the problems started when I turned them into English. So this week,…

Lemon Toasts

I’ve had the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook for about 2 years now. No, in case you’re wondering, I’ve never used it. But it had some interesting recipes, and I liked the concept, even though I was never going to actually follow the diet. To be honest, I admire anyone who is willing to…

Vanilla Bread

This post is a few days later than intended. It’s been a very busy week, full of rugby watching, reading about climate change, making this cake, and remembering why it’s probably a good idea to boycott companies who have idiots like this running them. Also reading “Expo ’58” by Jonathan Coe, which is very good…

New Year’s Resolutions

So I disappeared for a while. But now it’s 2014, and new years mean new resolutions, and my food based ones are extensive. I’ve complained in the past about the quantity of cookery books I have, and the infrequency with which I actually bother to use them. This changes now. I’ve spent the afternoon sitting…

Foodie Pen Pals #3 and moving house

After swearing to write more frequently, I then managed to find somewhere new to live, and have spent the last 3 weeks packing my stuff up and moving house and settling in, during which time I have baked quite a lot, but with no internet connection at my new house for another couple of weeks,…

Herman: complete

So I finished making my Herman cake. That was…almost a week ago now, but somehow, time has slipped away from me once again, between birthday and interviews and seeing people, a week has passed.    I never got around to taking a photo of Herman. There are still pieces of him left, but it’s just…

Meet Herman

So it’s been a busy week. Yesterday I went down to London to visit some friends and visited the recently opened Cannon & Cannon shop on Market Row in Brixton which my wonderful friend Jordi manages. The Cannons (Joe and Sean), as well as Jordi and her colleagues are all incredibly enthusiastic about the produce…

The List

To get this thing rolling, I have decided to make a list of all the things I want to bake in order to shortlist potentially saleable cakes. Whilst looking for pictures of cakes I have previously baked to illustrate this post, I instead came across a picture of a cat that looks like Hitler (I’m…