Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

31 August 2015

It's bake off time again! Now we're a bit further into the series I'm definitely enjoying this year a bit more, the dessert week challenges were super impressive and I'm starting to get a better sense of the bakers (go team Flora!).

Dessert week posed a bit of a problem for me this year though. Since I took my madiera cake into work a few weeks ago, I seem to have started an unintentional office bake along. It's been really fun so far, but I volunteered to make this weeks treats without thinking about the fact that I have to take a bus to get to my new job. I was a little bit stumped at first to think of a dessert that would actually make it to the office in one piece on a hot summer morning. Last year I made tiramisu for dessert week which was clearly never going to get there in one piece, and this weeks bake off signature challenge of creme brulee probably wouldn't do it either (and taking a blow torch into work would probably have got me into a lot of trouble with our health and safety officers...).

Salmon and Kale Curry

18 August 2015

After mexican food, curries have become one of the go to meals in my house. They're great fun for experimenting with flavours and spices and for using up whatever bits and pieces are left in the fridge, without too much that can really go wrong. Unlike the precise nature of baking, I have quite a haphazard, throwing things together approach to meals. It doesn't always make for a very 'authentic' recipe, but sometimes I hit a real winner, like this salmon and kale curry. Made with fresh salmon, dried spices, tinned tomatoes and some kale (you could use spinach, but I just think kale is a million times nicer), this delicious curry is easy and comes together in around half an hour.

Spiced Orange Madeira Cake

10 August 2015

As most of you will already know, last week The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens once more, and as with every season of the show, the good British people dusted off their cake tins and returned to our kitchens to join in the fun. My all time favourite food show, there is something really charming about the Bake Off. And judging by the excitement on my Twitter feed last week, I wasn't the only one awaiting its return.

This year the lovely folks at Silver Mushroom invited me to join their #BakeWithBakeOff challenge and cook along with a challenge from the show each week, so of course I had to get involved with episode 1's cake week theme. I'm not going to do every challenge this year (because we all know how well that turned out last time) but I will be posting some recipes when I get the chance, as well as a bit of post-show analysis on Twitter each week using #bwbo.

I'm determined to be a little more relaxed about the process this year though and try to remember that I'm not actually in the tent, but if I have any more hilarious/tragic baking fails like this one, I'm sure I'll share that with you too.

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