I wrote most of this post over a month ago so apologies for the delay. I have since been holidaying in France ( a fig tart to come on this, never have figs tasted so good) packed up my flat and moved house from Camden to Hackney and more to the point am now without [...]
Studying for a Professional Patisserie Diploma at Westminster Kingsway, the first discipline on the syllabus was pastry and I still work with the basic sweet and savoury recipes I was taught then. After the method was demonstrated we were given two French classics to make, the Tart au Citron and a fresh fruit tart (pictured). They were [...]
If you’re planning on heading out to your local beauty spot for a picnic before the blink-and-you-miss-it English summer is over, then read my top tips to picnic perfection here... Happy Picnicking!
You can thank 17th century Portuguese Catholic monks and their recycling efforts for the Pastel de Natas, or Portuguese custard tarts. To ensure crease-free habits, the monks and nuns used egg white for starching and avoided waste by using the precious yolks in their baking leading to the proliferation of the country’s sweet recipes. Facing [...]
There was never shop bought pastry in our house. Banish the thought. I’m not entirely sure whether this was because there weren’t quality options available in the 80s, or simply the objection of a keen baker to the idea full stop. Regardless, dessert was commonplace and always homemade. There’s little doubt my passion for baking was [...]
I wrote an article for the Kentishtowner last year on the many mental health benefits of baking and how it has helped many, including myself. With another series of The Great British Bake Off having kicked off last night, there's little doubt the country will be talking nothing but cake in no time. So while it's firmly [...]
My dessert trees are in Brides magazine's, 'The Pretty List' this month :-) Out now!
I had the pleasure of providing a box of macarons for a party with The Style Traveller, Bonnie Rakhit and Veuve Clicqout at the weekend. I decided on the ever faithful and winning combination of champagne and strawberries, filling the pretty pink and yellow macarons with a fresh strawberry and white chocolate ganache. With some simple [...]
Last week over the hottest ever July on record, I had the task of producing 350 macarons and a cake for a wedding that coming weekend. Not the most enviable task from my little kitchen with 'air-con' that consists of opening every door and window - lucky I like a challenge! On the morning of the [...]
Thoughts turn to sausage rolls at this time of year; flaky, buttery pastry with a generous porky filling, ideally consumed under a blanket of cloudless skies. In recent times, this once humble picnic item has become a much more butch affair and with so many great places to choose from, there’s no reason to find [...]