Proust’s Favourite Little Cakes – Madeleines

Proust’s Favourite Little Cakes – Madeleines Like Proust, The Daught loves madeleines. These little temptresses seem to be shrouded in mystery as to who, where and when they were first made.  Could it have been Madeleine Paulmier, possibly a cook in the 18th century for Stanislaus I, Duke of Lorraine, or perhaps a cook named Madeleine who is said to have offered little cakes in the shape … Continue reading Proust’s Favourite Little Cakes – Madeleines

On a Bramble Roll – The Bramble Glut Part lll

Bramble On   I’m still picking these thorny blighters with the added danger of drowsy wasps buzzing around the fruit and my head. I say drowsy, but they could be drunk on the rotting windfalls. BOGG (Big Ol’ Grumpy Git aka the Husband) almost stuck his fingers into a hollow apple that had over twelve of the angry buggers inside! That would have been a … Continue reading On a Bramble Roll – The Bramble Glut Part lll

Banana Chocolate Loaf or is it a Dozen Muffins or a Pudding?

Banana Chocolate Loaf or is it a Dozen Muffins or a Pudding?   Just because you use the same ingredients in a recipe doesn’t mean it should turn out the same each time. Most cake recipes can be turned into something else, for example, a Victoria sandwich mix can become fairy cakes or cupcakes (not that I’m a huge cupcake fan). Meringue can be a huge, billowing … Continue reading Banana Chocolate Loaf or is it a Dozen Muffins or a Pudding?

The All But Muffin – All But the Kitchen Sink!

I was asked by fellow POATer, Jackie Kaines Lang, if I’d like to be on her radio show. Immediate reaction was oh yes! So a quick jaunt down to the Borders and I was talking to her on Radio Generate, a local radio station that was based in the market town of Duns, and what was the subject? Cakes to eat after exercise! Those of … Continue reading The All But Muffin – All But the Kitchen Sink!

Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly! How to Bake Responsibly with Lavender!

Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly! Or How to Bake Responsibly with Lavender! As many of you, my dear readers, know, I am besotted with the Secret Herb Garden. From the bees buzzing around the top field, gathering pollen for the very special honey that SHG sell, to the pattering whispers of gentle rain tip, tip tapping on the glass of the greenhouse. This haven strikes a … Continue reading Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly! How to Bake Responsibly with Lavender!

Who Can Refuse a Slice of Brownie

Forgive me readers, I’ve been remiss. It’s very easy to set up a blog and just as easy to let it slide. Of this, I am guilty. The hand is better; physioterrorism seems to have helped. They gave me a fantastic state-of-the-art kit … a large elastic band and a peg! I can’t complain as it seems to be doing the trick. Anyway I digress, … Continue reading Who Can Refuse a Slice of Brownie