I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Jean Harlow

I know so little about Jean Harlow. I know that she was the actress for whom the term ‘blonde bombshell’ was coined, that she was an inspiration to Marilyn Monroe, and that her sudden death at only 26 sent shockwaves through Hollywood. The actress known as ‘The Baby’ may have only lived for a short time but she left quite … Read More

Fashion on Friday: What Katie Did Christmas Soirée

I can think of no nicer place to celebrate Christmas than in the What Katie Did Boutique, nestled away in the quieter corners of Portobello Market. Surrounding myself with the very best dressed ladies and gentlemen in town, and countless pieces of delicately stitched yet perfectly lump’n’bump taming underwear could easily become part of my festive routine! I have written before … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Kirk Douglas

Yes, he is still very much alive. In fact, on Saturday, Kirk Douglas celebrated his 101st birthday. How wonderful and precious is this? I am raising a glass from across the Atlantic to this veteran of Hollywood’s golden age. Kirk Douglas will forever be Spartacus and (arguably) one of the principal players involved in breaking the Hollywood blacklist, in which … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

It should come as little surprise to hear that I am a fan of the Royal family. To have that living (if somewhat tenuous at times) link to 1,000 years of history is a precious thing. I am especially fond of Princes William and Harry because, buried deep in their DNA, is a blood link to King Charles II (it’s … Read More

Foodies Festival Xmas at Tatton Park

What a wonderful weekend we had in chilly Cheshire, celebrating all things festive at Foodies Festival Christmas. Our mini-theatre was set amongst stalls selling all manner of delicious treats – the mulled wine and brownies for immediate enjoyment, as well as the truckle cheese and fancy liqueurs that I know I have already started stocking up on for the big … Read More

Feeling Festive with Foodies Festivals

Good morning, you gorgeous lot! Are we ready to hear the C-word yet? I’m going to say it… cover your ears if you are going to be offended… CHRISTMAS!! I’m getting ready to hit the road once more with my friends at Foodies Festival for another amazing show at Tatton Park, Cheshire. The Cake & Desserts Theatre will be awash … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Donny McCaslin

Every now and then, I start a blog post and think it is going to be a quick write; I’ve got the idea, it’s there, I know what I want to say, but thoughts do not translate into words as readily as I would like. I started writing this blog post last Monday. My kitchen was full of the smells … Read More

Cake & Bake Show Manchester This Weekend

Good afternoon, you gorgeous lot! To say I’ve had a busy week would be something of an understatement. My kitchen has been a frantic little production line of everything that is sweet and festive. Yes, it’s full on Christmas in here. Tomorrow, I’ll be filming some of my favourite recipes with my friends at California Raisins and I look forward … Read More

On Idolatry Again

It’s been five years since I sat huddled inside the hallowed walls of Ely Cathedral against the cold fenland night. I was there for one of their less frequent services; a sermon by the Domestic Goddess herself, Nigella Lawson. I worshiped, adored, stood in line like a pilgrim, and made an offering, all in an act of devotion that I … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Noel Fielding

The process by which I select the subjects for my Monday blog post is far from scientific. My thought process is most often triggered by something I’ve seen in the news, a gig I’ve been too, a movie I’ve watched, something I need to get off my chest. I feel as if this week’s subject has been blessed by coincidence … Read More