Virgin G&T Lemon Drizzle Cake with Syllabub.

Lemon Drizzle Cake with a Gin and Tonic

Virgin G&T Lemon Drizzle Cake


Its summer, the season for open air events, boating trips, dressing up, and enjoying a picnic with friends.  Recipes for the seemingly de rigueur lemon G&T drizzle cake, well it is delicious, grace every self respecting summer food article and magazine. However, as a non-imbiber let me assure you that there is nothing more irritating than being offered boozy desserts, so as a follow-on from my last post, Free Spirit – The Shift to a No-Alcohol Cool, I figured a recipe for a booze-free lemon G&T cake was in order. Continue reading

Free Spirit – The Shift to a No-Alcohol ‘Cool’.

Ringing in the weekend

It’s great to be included in the no-alcohol ‘Cool’.

Sip your tipple and you will sense it evolve, elaborate and linger as the liquid moves from lip to tongue to palate, warming and mellowing. The cool sharpness of chilled white wine, the ripened solace of red, or the reassuring vapours of a whisky or brandy, quickly afford a sense of pleasurable wellbeing.   I jumped on-the-wagon six years ago and like many a convert immediately, and zealously, developed a righteous aversion to the stuff. I didn’t miss the side effects but there were previously unnoticed aspects that I did. Continue reading

With a Pinch of Imagination: Why a 1980’s cook book remains an endearing favourite.

Good Food From Farthinghoe - available on-line

Good Food from Farthinghoe by Nicola Cox. Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd 1981

Good Food From Farthinghoe by Nicola Cox. Published in 1981 by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London.


Cookery books, like people, come in myriad shapes and sizes, colours, languages and nationalities. As a consummate collector I have amassed over 500. Amongst this pottage or feast of books – either could be a collective noun for such an assortment – there are tall thin books leaning at angles for support, tiny to the point compendiums, learned leathery tomes alongside glossy, eat me now fashionistas.

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