It’s National Baking Week this week (and the final of The Great British Bake Off on TV). One of my earliest memories of baking – in fact, one of my earliest memories full stop – is of helping ┬ámy mum make cakes in our kitchen in Scotland (we moved to England when I was six), using her Mason Cash traditional cane-coloured earthenware mixing bowl (top). She still has it now – the…

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For years I’ve tried – and failed – to like gin. It’s just too flowery/peppery/bleurgh for me. However I love┬áhomemade sloe gin, which, if done properly, tastes more like syrupy port. It’s amazing to sip neat after a long winter walk or if you have a sore throat. I’m lucky enough to have a friend who makes it, but this year, I’m going to try my hand at creating my own, thanks…

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I don’t write about recipes that often on this blog (my slightly rubbish attempt at food photography/styling above probably illustrates why), but yesterday I stumbled upon something so simple and tasty I had to share it with you. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Black Forest Crumpet! It is, quite simply, the most delicious thing I’ve eaten for breakfast in ages. To make it, you toast a crumpet; spread it with…

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Everyone needs some small Tupperware containers in their lives. Since I was given a set of four cute nesting tubs with lids from Paperchase, I’ve used them constantly – for taking biscuits or snacks to work; holding loose change; taking face cream away in on holiday; storing herbs in the kitchen; and providing hours of entertainment for visiting children (who love stacking them inside each other then taking them apart again). In…

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Sometimes in life you fancy more than a biscuit, but you don’t want to go the whole hog and eat a large wodge of cake. Step forward my absolute favourite treat – the coconut macaroon. A proper old skool recipe (they were invented by monks in the 1500s, fact fans), they’re a tasty, good-sized dollop of coconut and ground almonds, baked so they’re golden but still squishy. Want to try ’em? Mrs…

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