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

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Tony Foulds

This is a name that you may not have heard yet also a name that has likely surrounded you in the UK over the past few days. Tony Foulds is not a big iconic celebrity; he is a rather lovely man, entirely deserving of cake, and one who has occupied my thoughts over the last week. Tony Foulds was 8 … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Absolute Bowie

Can you be a true fan if you enjoy watching a tribute band? I love David Bowie and I love Absolute Bowie. I believe that a good tribute band is a very good thing and that a great tribute band is to be cherished and enjoyed as often as possible. There is a magic in live performance of music – … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Nick Cave

Good morning, you gorgeous lot. Today’s foray into the world of fantasy baking is a perfect example of how sometimes the muse will appear and guide the imaginary baker’s hand. I was getting ahead of myself last week and sat down to write my Monday blog post on Friday afternoon – a radical idea, I know. I sat at my … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Superman

In this week’s Fantasy Bake, I would love to bake a cake for Christopher Reeve AKA Superman. The two are entirely interchangeable to me. I’m using my expensive film degree to express my adoration for Superman: The Movie (Richard Donner, 1978) and the man who will forever embody truth, justice, and the American way. I think we all need heroes, … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Olivia Colman

A quick, express post today as I’ve rather overloaded my brain today and had so much unexpected personal admin to attend to that my usual ‘write something profound over breakfast’ was sadly interrupted. No biggy, just annoying stuff. Today, I would love to bake a cake for Olivia Colman. I adored The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018). What a fabulous film, … Read More

Fantasy Bakes: Louise Wener & the Women of Britpop

The soundtrack to my adolescence and the last of the great British analogue music scenes, Britpop was a movement in which being a girl in a band started to feel normal. I would love to bake a cake for… Louise Wener and the women of Britpop. This podcast also features an interview with the legendary DJ, Steve Lamacq. Strong female … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Tim Burgess

Last week was Independent Venue Week, an annual initiative to promote and support grassroots independent music venues. Small music venues are essential for giving new bands and artists a space to perform and these are closing at an alarming rate. IVW shines a valuable spotlight on these precious venues and reminds the public to support their local venue – if they … Read More