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tales of toyland

Feasting on Enid Blyton with Cherry Topped Iced Buns from Tales of Toyland

I feel incredibly nostalgic when I see this lilac, hardback edition of Enid Blyton’s Tales of Toyland. There’s a lovely picture of Tiptoe, the fairy doll and Jolly, the sailor doll, welcoming the toys into their home, one they made themselves out of toy bricks, for their first ever party. I just adored the world that […] Read more…

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Fish Pie from The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

I was reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett at the weekend and it got me thinking about the first dinner party I’d hosted with my husband in our very first house. There were six of us, two sets of neighbours, squashed together around a small drop-leaf table in the cramped dining room. I can’t remember what I served, possibly […] Read more…

Pistachio Meringue from Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

Why I Love Recipes in Novels

Previously published for The Huffington Post. You’re sitting still, engrossed in a novel. Subconsciously, you lick your lips. Or maybe your stomach starts to rumble. Through reading the words on the page, not only can we hear what the character is saying, see what they’re seeing and feel what they’re touching. We can also taste what […] Read more…

scones with jam and cream

Feasting on Fiction: The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes with Scones

I first wrote about a cake featuring in The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes two years ago in my Novelicious column. In this highly anticipated novel, as ever, when reading a Caroline Smailes book, I was astounded by her unique writing and her ability to completely and utterly reel you in, despite the sometimes disturbing nature […] Read more…

Island of Adventure and Gingerbread

Feasting on Enid Blyton: The Island of Adventure with Ginger Cake

There is something terribly Enid Blyton-ish about ginger cake. It’s not the most glamorous cake to look at, it is not terribly exciting but it is perfect for comfort, for filling hungry tummies and, best of all, for picnics. You can wrap one up easily, especially if baked like a loaf, and cut huge chunks […] Read more…

lardy cake & riders

Feasting on Fiction: Riders by Jilly Cooper with Lardy Cake

Lardy Cake and Rupert Campbell-Black. A strange combination – yet they have something in common. Both you want oh so very much, but you absolutely know that neither will do your health – or your heart – any good whatsoever. Yes, I’m talking Riders by Jilly Cooper, which is where Rupert Campbell-Black first makes an appearance. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only […] Read more…

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