Banana Spice Cake

As we had loads of bananas, slowly turning black, in the fruit bowl, it was time to inflict another banana cake on my work colleagues. Rather than leaving bare, I decided to top it with some sort of salted caramel icing; I couldn’r decide on buttercream or a plain glaze. The…

Orange and Almond & Lemon Cake

As I had some Seville oranges left over from making marmalade , I decided that I wanted to make some sort of orange cake. A quick look at the The Observer’s The 20 best cake recipes and there was a recipe for Claudia Roden’s classic Orange and Almond Cake . I didn’t fancy…

Patatas Bravas

Having decided to have a go at patatas bravas , I needed a recipe. Step forward Felicity Cloake and her How to cook the perfect… in the Guardian . I’m starting to think it’s probably worth buying a digital subscription. It would be worth it just for her column alone , let…

Pommes de Terre Duchesse

While browsing the list of potato dishes on the source of all that is right and correct on the internet, I stumbled upon the page for Duchess potatoes and knew instantly that I had to have a go at making them. As luck would have it, there just happened to be three egg yolks…