Posts Tagged ‘feasting on fiction’

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…

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…

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…

apple and cheese pie

Feasting on Enid Blyton: The Children of Cherry Tree Farm with Apple & Cheese Pie

The new Feasting on Enid Blyton series where I bake and cook myself through some of my favourite Enid Blyton novels. As a child I adored Enid Blyton books. By that I mean I was absolutely infatuated with them. They would captivate me, fire my imagination and would be responsible for much tiredness in the morning as […] Read more…

pain au chocolat

Feasting on Fiction: The Silent Hours by Cesca Major with Pain au Chocolat

I can thoroughly identify with a novel when an author uses food to convey emotions, a moment or a sense of atmosphere. Debut author, Cesca Major, oh, I adore Cesca, she is one of my Novelicious colleagues, uses food perceptively in her brilliantly written and heartbreaking novel based in France during the Second World War. The Silent […] Read more…

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

Feasting on Fiction Author Interview with Iona Grey: Letters to the Lost…and Battenberg

Letters to the Lost is the debut novel by author Iona Grey. And oh! what a novel it is. It’s romantic, heartbreaking and just so beautifully evocative of the Second World War. It leaves you speechless, clutching the book. And thinking. So many thoughts. You are immediately transported into the little terraced house with Jess’s desperation palpable. And as Jess […] Read more…

Food in fiction

Feasting on Fiction for Two Whole Years

Who knew that Riders by Jilly Cooper would inspire me to make lardy cake for the first time? Or that I’d have a go at making homemade Oreos after reading a Meg Cabot novel? Is it strange that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series would encourage me to make both rock cakes and treacle tart and Freya North’s debut novel, […] Read more…

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