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Sinning my soul with a festive fib

Sinning my soul with a festive fib

I won’t be the first, I know, but I wish you a happy new year. I hope the first few days of 2015 have been peaceful and pleasant and that you are looking forward to a fantastic 12 months. Some of you might remember that my December had been less than peaceful or pleasant. I wish I […]

Bake Off beats them all

Bake Off beats them all

Why would a homely BBC TV series about baking be thrashing ITV’s big-budget entertainment spectaculars such as X-Factor? That’s the question that has ITV executives worried. Its one-time blockbuster weekend show is looking peely-wally compared to the record ratings being achieved by the Great British Bake Off. I think I have a clue: warmth. There is […]

Confessions of a secret school-meals fan

Confessions of a secret school-meals fan

I was chatting to a school-meals lady the other day. Pupils were eating healthier foods in Scotland’s school canteens, she said, because they didn’t get much of an option. It was either healthy eating or nothing, which meant that many teens headed down town for a pie and chips and a can of cola. I can’t be sure, but […]

Perfect solution to those extra pounds

Perfect solution to those extra pounds

Here’s a statistic to make you shake your head. According to the Department of Health this morning, the average adult Briton in 2013 is 28lb heavier than his or her counterpart in 1983. In other words, 30 years ago, we were an average two stones lighter than we are now. I find this hard to […]

How to make the classic buttery

How to make the classic buttery

The browser search which brought most visitors to this site last year was: “How many calories in a buttery?” Yes, it’s a mystery to me, as well. For those of you who don’t know the culinary traditions of North-east Scotland, the buttery, also known as a rowie, is an individually sized flat bread made of […]

Rye Bread

Rye Bread

There are many different rye bread recipes from around the world. They range from the very dark pumpernickel from Germany, to American rye breads so light in colour that they could almost be ordinary brown loaves. This recipe will give you a loaf that is most recognisably a rye bread, but with minimum potential for […]

Brioche

Brioche

Brioche is one of those Sunday-morning treats. The sweet, eggy French bread is not cheap to make and takes a bit of time, but the results are usually excellent. If we’re realistic, you’re not going to bake this on the morning of eating, so we recommend 30 seconds in the microwave to warm it through before […]

Lemon-poppyseed cupcakes

Lemon-poppyseed cupcakes

These lemon-poppyseed cupcakes are moist and tangy. We have included a recipe for lemon icing that complements them best, although the picture shows the cupcake uniced. In road-testing, more than half our samplers decided that the cupcakes worked better on their own. If we’re honest, we, too, prefer them without the icing. Iced cupcakes, whether […]

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