Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

Will my floury baps rise to the challenge…

Having decided to enthusiastically bake along with this year’s technical challenges on the Great British Bake Off, I psyched myself up ahead of bread week. Now, I like to bake but bread never features very highly on my agenda – partly because I try not to eat too much bread (it goes straight to my… Continue reading Will my floury baps rise to the challenge…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

Little bundles of cakey-biscuity joy…

After completing the first Great British Bake Off technical challenge I tuned into the second episode with trepidation – would biscuit week offer up a technical bake as tricky as the first? The challenge of the angel cake the week before had almost turned me off baking – the cake is made using genoise sponge… Continue reading Little bundles of cakey-biscuity joy…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

Great British Bake Off – I had an interview…

I’ll start at the beginning… Last year I enthusiastically baked my way through every episode of the Great British Bake Off, tackling each and every technical challenge with glee. Some bakes were easy and some were not, some I’d heard of while others baffled even the most seasoned cooks. I made Wagon Wheels (the ultimate… Continue reading Great British Bake Off – I had an interview…

Gardening · Norfolk

You can never have too many dahlias…

Bank holidays always seem a good time to garden – a time to catch up on deadheading, pruning, harvesting, sowing and generally ‘getting on top of things’. So, with this in mind I’ve been doing just that. At 3.30pm I stopped for a break and saw that the Norfolk & Suffolk Dahlia Society had their… Continue reading You can never have too many dahlias…

Country life · Countryside · Harvest · Norfolk

The hum of harvest…

The hum of harvest isn’t something that pleases everyone but, for me, the sound of harvest filling the air really does bring me great happiness. I haven’t ever really sat down to think why – maybe it’s because the beautiful drone of the harvesters and the rumble of the tractors scurrying across the fields signifies… Continue reading The hum of harvest…

Gardening · Norfolk

Gardening for the sheer joy of it…

The fact that I love gardening is probably not a shock to many people. So, earlier in the year I decided to join the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society – to gain more gardening knowledge and to take part in their seasonal shows. Being a newbie I hadn’t been to any of the society’s talks or… Continue reading Gardening for the sheer joy of it…