Gluten-Free Bread

Even a cursory glance at my things I’ve done list will show how much I love baking. Last year I managed to conjure up all sorts of magic out of my kitchen, from French patisserie classics to bread from around the world. It was time for a new challenge, and whilst I'm currently not baking… Continue reading Gluten-Free Bread

Fougasse

As you probably know, I tried many, many new things last year: some good, some bad, and some I didn't get quite right. There's a few that I'm happy to leave behind and accept I didn't get it right first time, but some eat away at me until I have to try them, again and… Continue reading Fougasse

Cirque de Soleil Workout

Some of my favourite new things from last year were the circus/clown tricks I learnt to do, namely learning to juggle, making balloon animals, learning to mime, and spinning plates. This year, however, except wanting to learn to pratfall like Buster Keaton still being on my list, I've come to a circus standstill. That is… Continue reading Cirque de Soleil Workout

Thukpa

Another week, another new food to make. I've cut down on sugar for lent which is a whole...thing, so I've had to put my long list of sweet bakes to try to one side for a while, but that means I can dive into my equally long list of new dishes to try. Today's lucky… Continue reading Thukpa

Handmade Trousers

I've always wanted to learn how to make my own clothes. A few months ago, I got my first sewing machine and started doing some simple projects to get the hang of things including making these nice, but uneven placemats. Going from advice in Tilly Walnes' Make it Simple book I was going to start… Continue reading Handmade Trousers

DIY Indian Head Massage

I was never the type to go to spas or for massages regularly, but as soon as something's taken away it becomes all the more attractive. I long for a little bit of pampering at someone else's hands: a facial, massage or even just a trip to a sauna would see me right. Alas, I… Continue reading DIY Indian Head Massage

Saffron Buns

I have had the best and busiest weekend creating in the kitchen. For the past four Sunday's I've been doing one of Bread Ahead bakery's Bakers Series courses which has been a fantastic way to regularly get bread making in the kitchen - my favourite thing to do. This week however I also took part… Continue reading Saffron Buns

Paratha

Every now and again I make something new and I wonder how I've managed to get this far in my life without having them before. Paratha, specifically the Ottolenghi ones that I made for the first time, have filled a flatbread shaped hole in me I never knew I had. Ok, I make a lot… Continue reading Paratha

Molecular Mixology

Ok, now we're mixing things up! Dry January is behind us, another four weeks of lockdown (at least) are in front of us, it's definitely time to start experimenting with alcohol to create something new. I have to be honest, molecular gastronomy (think Heston Blumenthal) has never appealed to me. I can appreciate it from… Continue reading Molecular Mixology

Macarons

There comes a point on a Friday afternoon when I get a baking itch. Things have started to wind down, ready for the weekend and I crave a quick project to tinker away on in the kitchen that will give same-day results. I never want anything too labour intensive, but I love whipping up a… Continue reading Macarons