Lady Chatterley's Lover

The Year in Books ~ January 2016

My office is teaming with books. A table by the window with books stacked alongside notebooks and admin that somehow drifted there over the Christmas holiday, ikea cabinets behind me with books stuffed in both horizontally and vertically, then, on the windowsill in front of me I’ve even more books. Pretty books, special books. Lots […] Read more…

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What Rebecca has taught me

Studying Chaucer and Catch 22 at A-level temporarily killed my love of literature.  Ok, maybe that sounds a bit dramatic. Maybe it was a compatibility issue. We just weren’t suited. Maybe it was the droning lecturer; a dreary man who laughed at all the Chaucer jokes. Again and again. Or maybe it was just me and […] Read more…

Ruth Reichl My Kitchen Year

Discovering Ruth Reichl

Every now and again you come across a writer that you just love. Everything about them: their stories, their writing, their depth and honesty. And then you have to purchase every book they’ve ever written and disappear for a while; marvelling over their words, immersing yourself in their tales. A few months ago just before […] 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…

Plum Jam & Cream Sponge Cake

Plum Jam & Cream Sponge Cake Recipe

This is actually a fatless sponge, made with just eggs, sugar and flour. Obviously I made up for the lack of butter in the sponge with a huge dollop of whipped cream in the centre along with some delicious homemade plum jam. It is also four tiers, just to make it especially indulgent. Equipment 2 – […] 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…

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