Fantasy Bakes: Elle Woods

She may be a fictional character but that makes her no less inspirational. The lead character in Legally Blonde, Elle Woods sets an example of working hard to overcome adversity, carving out your own space in the world, and being successful on your own terms. Her example proved invaluable to me when I slipped into a terrible funk a few … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… The Slow Readers Club

I have written a few times about my love of live music and of my local independent music venue, Bedford Esquires. I’ve been the girl who shows up with cake for the bands on more than one occasion. I’ve dedicated an entire blog post to the man behind Bedford Esquires in I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Gareth Barber … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Dame Vera Lynn

Hers is the voice of hope, resistance, and resilience in the face of despair. Hers was the voice of comfort to those away fighting and to those on the homefront. In terms of Fantasy Bakes, Dame Vera Lynn is one of those national treasures who I hold so dear. Many of us will have known her voice passed down to … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Jackie Collins

Last week, I donned my very best leopard print and heading deep into the basement of Waterstones Gower Street to join a cult. That cult was similarly shrouded in animal hide and gathered to worship the wonder that was Jackie Collins. (My cape is from Iconic Dresses… find them on Etsy!) A relatively new convert to the ways of Jackie, … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Nell Gwyn

The story of Nell Gwyn was the Cinderella tale of its age, the actress who captured the heart of a King. Over 300 years of storytelling, Nell Gwyn has become something of a mythical creature with whom I am entirely fascinated. In this week’s episode of Fantasy Bakes, I tell tales of Nell Gwyn and exploring why her legend endures. … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Margaret Dumont

In the most recent episode of my new podcast, Fantasy Bakes, I imagined baking a Red Velvet Cake for Groucho Marx. You can listen to that episode on iTunes by clicking here (please subscribe, rate, and review if you can). You can listen to that episode on Spotify by clicking here (follow and you will never miss an episode). The … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx may as well have been a blood relative – I saw more of him growing up than I did of many family members! You think I am exaggerating? Ask my parents and my little Brother. We watched Marx Brothers films all the time and I have always found it difficult to share this passion with my peers as … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Emma Thompson

“I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out – like me – do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Lady Gaga

Are you surprised that I am a fan of Lady Gaga? No, I thought not. I admire hard work more than anything so, watching Gaga’s OSCAR acceptance speech, in which she reminded everyone at home that success needs working at, made me love her even more. Maybe it’s time to revisit those platinum bangs that I had in 2009… Listen … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Philippa Langley

In September 2012 the bones of King Richard III were discovered beneath a council car park in Leicester. This discovery has enabled us to look into the face of a man who has suffered from one heck of a bad PR campaign over the last 500 years. We are now able to reconsider the History books using all of the … Read More