Tag Archives: Baking

A whole new world

No, Famale does not do Disney. But she does now work in Edinburgh. That’s right, I am waving bye bye to my beloved west coast for the capital. A very long interview held in the Balmoral Hotel secured a brand … Continue reading

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The bread, my sweet

Being an obsessive baker has its drawbacks. Namely: 1. Everyone expects a super-duper birthday cake on their birthday; 2. No-one makes you a birthday cake; 3. You get easily bored of baking the same things even though everyone likes them; … Continue reading

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The very hungry caterpillar

What do you do on a rainy day back in Scotland? You spend six hours making sugar-craft animals of course. Katie is turning three, and this is the first time I’ve been at home for her birthday. So I thought … Continue reading

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Doctor, is there nothing I can take?

The happier a writer is, the less she writes. This is my theory, or at least an excuse. I did have a coconut craving this week though, the way normal people crave crisps or coffee. So I made coconut balls … Continue reading

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Go your own way

Sometimes even Famale can’t be bothered baking. A hangover, work and romantic re-thinking (not in that order) has led to what Rihanna calls ‘exhaustion’. She can sit and tweet a picture of a drip hanging out of her veins but … Continue reading

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Sunshine on Leith

In the words of Laurie from Little Women, my recipes are “mediocre copies of another man’s genius.” The only man I take baking advice from is James Martin. Sure, he can’t read an autocue, but boy can he bake. And … Continue reading

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I can’t fight this feeling anymore

The spirit of chocolate cake is embodied in one of my favourite fictional characters from childhood. The reading we do as children is said to be the most important of our entire lives. It develops our imagination, a sense of … Continue reading

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Sweet 16

Where I’m from, we don’t do sweet sixteen parties. My 16th year was celebrated by Famale Sister Senior sneaking me into a local pub long since shut down and introducing me to her now husband, long vodkas all round. But … Continue reading

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Pixie lotts

The girl really can’t help it. Famale made a large batch of pixie-sized pink meringues inspired by… not Pixie Lott. Papa Famale came in just in time to match the Ayrshire Mess with a bottle of Bardolino – breaking with … Continue reading

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Hot n Cold

So I taught two Famale members, Claire aka Famale Sister Senior (pictured) and Sophie, how to make honeycomb yesterday. Turns out I’m not a great teacher as both went home with variations on toffee. Perhaps I do possess me-only fairy-light … Continue reading

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