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… 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

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: 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. You can … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Elle Woods

My public service announcement for the week is that Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001) is available to stream on Netflix. For many years now, this has been my ‘comfort movie’ and been there like a cinematic cuddle from a warm cup of cocoa as the world whirls around me. I love this film so much that it was my go-to … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… She-Ra

Or ‘Sheila’ as a younger version of myself originally misheard. Yes, you can imagine my Mother’s amusement as her young daughter ran around the living room squeaking about how she was now SHEEEEEIIILAAAAAA, the Princess of Power. The 1980s really was a golden age of overblown children’s television and I am so glad that I grew up with it. Hopefully, … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Dita Von Teese

On Saturday night, I attended a Burlesque show in London. I have been to countless such shows but this one was special; the venue was the iconic London Palladium and the headline performer was the equally iconic Dita Von Teese. Not since Gypsy Rose Lee has a single name been so synonymous with Burlesque. I am willing to bet that … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Naomi Alderman

I got catcalled at St Pancras Station on Tuesday night – it was nothing significant on the sliding scale of general everyday bullshit but irritating nonetheless. Any woman will know that even a ridiculous comment such as ‘hey, cheeky girl’ can be delivered to rhyme with something far more intimidating. It’s all par for the course and something I am … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Shirley Manson

On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to see Garbage play live for the first time, having loved them since my teens. At this point I should ask anyone who has tickets to see Garbage play this week (I know they have a big London date on Friday) to click away and come back later as I do not want … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Madonna

Long time, no type! I’ve missed you all and hope that you have not missed your Monday fix of weirdness from me too much. I’ve been super busy and also super tired – in the days before I flew up to Edinburgh for Foodies Festival I picked up an eye infection which knocked me for six. I’m not sure whether … Read More