Hot Cross Buns

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Baking, Recipes
Hot Cross Buns

Spring is well and truly here. Bunnies, calves, and lambs are frolicking in the fields surrounding my parent’s house where I’m attempting to knuckle down to some serious revision and essay writing. 8500 words in three weeks, no problem! *whimpers* For me, the best part of Spring is Easter. Chocolate! Easter Egg hunts! Roast Lamb! […]

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Baking, Recipes
Cappuccino Cupcakes

As you’ve probably guessed, I spend a huge amount of time in the library (mostly) nose deep in texts books on long dead writers or obscure points of French grammar. To make Sundays spent buried under text books more bearable I’ve started to make little goodies to keep my friends and me going when, frankly, […]

Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tarts

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Recipes, Supper
Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tarts

I suppose technically these sharp and sweet tarts are the main attraction of a light supper but I prefer to chuck a couple in my bag as an ever so slightly healthier alternative to the sticky toffee muffins they sell in the library cafe. They can be made at the weekend and kept in a […]

Salmon and Pesto Supper

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Dinner, Recipes, Supper
Salmon and Pesto Supper

Salmon and pesto are two of my favourite foods to combine for an easy supper. They’re both so simple and easy to work with that you’d struggle to go wrong, a huge bonus after a day spent in the library! Add brown rice and peas and you’re on to a winner. When it comes to […]

Boozy Celebration Log

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Baking, Pudding, Recipes
Boozy Celebration Log

Technically this is a brandy and prune bûche de Noël, I made it before Christmas but then I got so caught up in all the festivities that it completely slipped my mind to post it. Never mind, it’s also fabulous for New Year’s Eve celebrations.   To make one loaf (you’ll get about 12 servings), […]

Bread and Butter Pudding

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Pudding, Recipes
Bread and Butter Pudding

I’ve been writing an essay on the first part of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu for the last week. If you’ve never heard of it, watch this little clip from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, it sums it up about as well as I could (Warning: it’s a little bit rude, 70s humour)  Unfortunately, […]

Mince Pies!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Baking, Recipes
Mince Pies!

    I love Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year. When it comes to the food, turkey and Christmas cake I can take or leave (I’d much rather have goose and a Bûche de Noël), but mince pies are non-negotiable. Can you believe I have friends who’ve never had a mince pie?! Yes, they’re […]

How to Win at University in 10 Easy Steps

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Tips and Tricks

  It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air and up and down the country towns and cities are bracing themselves for the hoards of Freshers heading their way.  I started university last year and a year older, and wiser, I have a few words of wisdom […]

Chocolate Pavlova

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Pudding, Recipes
Chocolate Pavlova

I’ll admit that this dessert isn’t the prettiest when you serve it, but before you start to dish it up, you could picture it in the window of any Parisian pâtisserie. It doesn’t half taste good, either! Meringues are a bit scary to start with, I’ve only recently become confident enough to attempt them without my […]

Summer Celebration Cake

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Baking, Pudding, Recipes
Summer Celebration Cake

It was my mum’s birthday last week. All birthdays, especially your mum’s, merit a special cake. This one is seriously special. Fresh strawberries and double cream sandwiched between two soft, buttery layers of Victoria sandwich cake, covered in icing sugar, dark chocolate and popping candy. Like I said, it’s a pretty special cake. To make […]