Sticky Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake – Dan Lepard

I wasn’t happy with yesterday’s Lemon Cake, probably because I altered Delia Smith’s recipe from Cakes. So today I baked a Sticky Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake from Dan Lepard’s Short & Sweet. (There is also a recipe on the internet, where the quantities are different.) I followed the recipe in the book with the small alteration of separating the eggs and folding in the stiffly beaten…

Meze & Mixed Grain Bread

When I planned this menu it was hot, the perfect excuse for making meze with fresh bread: aubergines with tahina, sweet and sour leeks, red peppers, celery with peppery feta, and tabbouleh. (All the recipes are in Claudia Roden’s A New Book of Middle Eastern Food.) Not authentic Middle Eastern bread, but tasty!

Japanese Anemones

I planted Three Anemone ‘Hadspens Abundance’ in March 2011 and I have been learning how to look after them. Last year the anemones grew very tall, and then fell over. So, this spring, my third year with the plants, I surrounded them with bamboo canes, with string circles at two different levels, and waited. And…

Lemon Drizzle Cake Dilemma!

For the fifth Concert at Cratfield I planned a new Carrot Cake recipe, only the concert goers were not keen on my moist Carrot Cake, bursting with carrots, raisins and walnuts, the lemon glaze cutting through the sweetness of the cake … So, I need to try something else. Lemon Drizzle Cake is often mentioned so I consulted…