Monthly Archives: June 2018

Join the Fun – Behind the Scenes at Tray Bakes: A wonderful chocolaty chance and a demonstration too!

Tray Bakes

Dedication to the cause of cakes

Tour of the Penrith premises kitchens and a demonstration by Stirring Stuff on July 16th in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

 

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Stepping inside Tray Bakes kitchens is like being invited into the world of Willy Wonka. After a ceremonial dressing in protective cloths you step thorough double doors, across the threshold of reality into a different space. The smell of chocolate and baking is glorious. Tray Bakes dedicated and highly skilled workforce of bakers, mixers, pipers, spreader and finishers are deep in a happy and contented concentration. A mesmerising rhythm soothes, as vats of molten chocolate are stirred, and golden syrup is poured lava-like into cauldrons of melting deliciousness. In another room, ovens are industriously filled, and cooked goods expertly hand pressed before being passed to the finishing room, for the final spreading and piping of chocolate or fondant. The packing room is piled roof high with pallets of Tray Bakes for sending out across the UK (from ‘At Home in Cumbria’). Continue reading

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