Germany – Plum Streusel Cake (Zwetschgendatschi)

This time of year is the best for fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course, plums. So nothing could have made me happier than to be sent a recipe for German plum cake (or zwetschgendatschi) from my friends (thank you Philipp and Lucy!). Of course, the recipe was in German, so I (wisely, I think), decided to…

Estonia – Purukook

This week we travel to Estonia, champions of wife-carrying (it’s a sport. No. Seriously, it is). Estonia is also the home of Skype, and the highest number of meteorite craters per land area in the world.

Denmark – Lagkage

The best summer cake in existence? I think so. Lagkage means ‘layer cake’, and is often made for birthdays in Denmark. Thanks to Eva for recommending this to me!

Upside-down blueberry and elderflower cake

It was a rainy evening. Somehow British summers always end up a little disappointing in this respect. A couple of weeks of blazing sunshine, followed by constant, unfailing miserable weather that makes it feel more like October than July (I say this like it’s a bad thing, but I’m already looking forward to autumn). I’d…

Banana & Toffee Cupcakes

The last month has been crazy, full on crazy. I went to Stockholm a couple of weeks ago, and it was glorious. I never get tired of visiting Scandinavia, it’s like this paradise where everything is just lovely and full of coffee and pastries, and they have museum exhibitions about brewing beer (yes!). It also…

Strawberry & Rhubarb Syrup

Summer is here! (It’s forecast to rain tomorrow, but 3 days of sunshine and 20+ degree heat is good enough in the UK). To celebrate all the sunshine and possibility of sitting outdoors without a jacket, I made some delicious, delicious syrup. It was one of those recipes you see and think to yourself “I…

Cooking for One

Cooking for one. It sounds like something sad and lonely, someone without a partner, family or friends to cook for, but often it’s just a fact of life.  For the last 2.5 years I’ve lived with housemates, but we haven’t cooked together or for each other, so I have cooked for myself every evening. I…

Honey and Pistachio Semolina Cake

I’m BACK! Canada was incredible and beautiful and just an excellent holiday all round. We saw the best of what South Saskatchewan had to offer, spent time in Banff National Park (amazing), and most importantly got to see our friends Jordi and Robbie and their ADORABLE baby Leo. He is so lovely. I really miss…

Lemon Bars

What a week! It’s still super hot here, which means it’s even hotter where I work, and we’ve been busy doing window displays and making things pretty for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party themed day. I got up at 7am yesterday and made 40 jam tarts before 9:30 and then went to work. And I’ve…

Peach Jam Scones

We’ll start with an update on the disaster-chocolate custard from last week: no it never set, yes my wonderful mother still managed to ice it (very runnily by the sounds of it) and put it in the raffle, and they raised £800, hurrah!  It has been excessively and unpleasantly hot this week. England is not…