Follow Your Nose: Roast, Grind, Brew, Repeat

Is there anything better than finding someone passionate about what they do, and hearing them talk about that passion? I don’t think so. In the centre of a bustling Yeovil city centre is a haven with speciality coffee, stunning cakes and the most warm-hearted staff you will ever come across. Finca, a roastery originally from…

No entiendo español

Fajitas, burritos, quesadillas. What do these all have in common? That’s right, tortillas. These beautifully soft flatbreads are so much easier to make than I had previously thought, and with a few basic ingredients you can make them faster than you can say the words “no entiendo español”.   I made these tortillas as part of…

Forget The J, Just Give Me The PB

I can’t fully trust anyone who doesn’t like peanut butter. With such a range of peanut butter available in the supermarkets nowadays, it’s tricky to know which ones to choose, and how using different ones will affect the end result of certain recipes. Today we’re talking cookies again, and knowing which brands of PB to use…

Don’t Be Square

Battenberg cake has got to be one of my all time favourites. The yellow and pink checkerboard pattern of sponge stuck together with apricot jam and all wrapped up in a beautiful blanket of marzipan. What’s not to love? My dad and I used to be the only ones in the house who like marzipan,…

A Study In Scandinavia: Too Much Food, Not Enough Time

Copenhagen: my home from home. The Danish pastries had been calling my name since the start of this whole trip, and now that we were within walking distance of one of my favourite places in the city, I wasn’t about to let the opportunity of daily Danish pastries for breakfast slip through my fingers. Andersen…

A Study In Scandinavia: Stockholm Bound

Being made up of 14 islands in total, and encompassing over 50 bridges, walking was the only exercise I needed in Stockholm to work off the delicious food eaten in this city. We arrived in Stockholm only 3 days after the attack, and laid flowers in respect for those lost. Understandably, there was an air of…

A Study in Scandinavia: Trust Your Gut

I was sceptical about what to expect of Oslo when we arrived. I had heard mixed reviews from “oh, there’s not enough there for 5 days. You’ll get bored within the first 2” to “it’s such an amazing city. You’ll never want to come back”. The truth is, for me, it was somewhere in between….

A Study In Scandinavia: Climb Every Mountain

Although the weather while we were in Bergen lived up to its reputation of being ‘very damp’ (240 days of rain a year… and I thought us British folk had it rough), it is definitely worth a visit. Whether it was the colourful houses, the snow-capped peaks of Vidden or the slightly industrial feel of the…

A Study in Scandinavia: Food To Fill and Fuel You

Travelling has always been in my blood. From my first flight when I was 3 months old to the trips I’m planning for the future, I love the feeling of exploring. It’s the exciting anticipation of the unknown; strolling through the labyrinth of buildings not knowing what’s around the next corner. This year I decided…

Panem delectamentum

The word focaccia comes from the Latin ‘focus’ meaning ‘hearth, a place for baking’; as a result of this interpretation of the word being so subjective, focaccia comes in many different shapes, sizes and flavours all over Italy. While many in central Italy (around Florence and Pisa) focaccia is traditionally a savoury dish covered in potato and…

Say ‘Bye Bye’ To Key Lime Pie

I love lime but I’ve found it so difficult to find ways to enjoy their unique flavour without it being in some form of a mammoth-sized Key Lime pie. However, I now have a solution to this problem: lime cake. A beautifully light lime sponge, soaked in lime syrup and sandwiched with a cream cheese…

Yes, We Have No Bananas

We’re talking pie today, specifically of the banoffee variety. Often regarded as a ‘retro’ dessert, the banoffee pie is something of a British classic. With a crumbly biscuit base, silky dulce de leche, sliced bananas and softly whipped cream, this dessert is one for those with a serious sweet tooth. After trying various combinations of…