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

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

Foodies Festival 2018: Oxford

Last week, I shared the penultimate show in the Foodies Festival summer season with you after quite a delay. What can I say? Life gets in the way but I did not want to leave these last shows without their proper round up. To say that our final show of the summer in Oxford was special would be an understatement. … Read More

Fashion On Friday: Parisian Wardrobe Part Deux

As promised, here is the remainder of my ‘capsule’ wardrobe that I put together to take to Paris this September. I am sure that I packed far too many items for it to have been a true capsule wardrobe but, for me, this is restraint at the highest level! Anyone who knows me will agree that this is my version … 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

Fashion On Friday: I’m In Love

I know that I promised you part two of my Parisian wardrobe adventure… that is coming, I promise. I wanted to take a brief interlude as I was so excited to receive my latest slogan jumper from Joanie Clothing. To be honest, this may be the start of a growing addiction. When Joanie Clothing reached their second birthday earlier this … Read More

Fashion on Friday: Parisian Wardrobe

I’ve been delayed in sharing these pictures with you in the aftermath of my wonderful Parisian getaway in September – as is so often the case, I came back to loads of things that needed doing, cakes that needed baking, etc. However, I have been asked so will share with you my version of a capsule wardrobe fit for exploring … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Absolute Bowie

I think about David Bowie a lot. I talk about David Bowie more than I probably should. I don’t think I write about David Bowie enough. This can be partly explained by his death – an event that I am still able in many ways to pretend never happened – and partly by a feeling of complete inadequacy. Far clevererer … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Louis XIV

Today’s post will be a brief one as I am currently on holiday… my first proper getaway in many many years. I have spent the past few days exploring the city and Palace of Versailles with Chris. How could I not want to bake a cake for King Louis XIV of France and Navarre (1643 – 1715), a Monarch who … Read More