cakes and biscuits

no-cook chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Rum Cake inspired by Crispins

“She said, ‘I’m terribly sorry, Bruce, I got a bit pissed last night and I gave your telephone number to a man, who you probably won’t like. His name is Peter N...
lemon cookies recipe

Illicit Casa Amora Lemon-scented Cookies

In Lisbon I stayed in a most wonderfully different, endearingly eccentric, sort of pension, the Casa Amora. On arrival I was welcomed by Juan, who met me at the...
what to do with leftover condensed milk

Condensed milk cookies

I found the remains of a tin of condensed milk in my fridge. What to do with it? It was in danger of becoming a permanent fixture.The solution was to make t...
german cinnamon stars recipe

Zimtsterne – aka German Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne are also known as Erstesternen (first stars) – the emerging stars indicate the end of a day of fasting. These days they are eaten as part of a tradit...
recipe for the best mince pies

Mince pies par excellence

“Q: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?A: A Mince Spy!” Christmas cracker joke  Mince pies are another Christmas commodity that is, like brandy...
chocolate cookie recipe

Recipe for bountiful, broken-leg cookies

I am sure I am not alone in playing the magpie when faced with a pile of ancient magazines and mentally cloaked in anticipatory anxiety in the waiting room of a...
recipe for glace cherry cookies

Indian Gold and Ruby Cookies

When we reached the Serai hotel in Chikmagalur we were hot and dusty; and starving having not been able to cobble together enough cash to buy ourselves lunch (w...