Friday, 24 October 2014

Pumpkins are for life, not just for Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve got my scary face on – not as a witch or ghoul, but as a perturbed food-lover who’s tired of gimmicks.

Our old office is now a hotel

The previous delicious. offices look a bit different these days…

I was sitting in a cocktail bar the other week, looking out across the Thames, a few steps from where my old work desk used to be. It was a weird experience – I kept thinking someone would tap me on the shoulder and ask “When will that article be ready?”

Friday, 17 October 2014

Which food made us pull these faces?

Here at delicious HQ we love a heated debate over anything food-related, and this week a product landed on our desks that sparked controversy - an outcry, even.

Welcome to the many faces of tasting the aforementioned food...

How to decorate biscuits like the Biscuiteers

The Biscuiteers are super-talented biscuit purveyors whose creations are akin to artworks. I love a good biccy, so when I was invited to have a go at icing Christmas biscuits, I jumped at the chance. I'm more of a see-them-and-eat-them sort of person, so I thought it would be hard to sit with so many biscuits in front of me long enough to decorate them without devouring them, but I managed it – and learned a fair bit about the magical world of biscuit icing. 

Biscuit heaven: The Biscuiteers shop in London's Notting Hill 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chocolate's new wave

Bean to bar: it was only a matter of time before another label of authenticity joined the ranks of organic, Fairtrade and kosher. We're finally leaving behind the days of Dairy Milk and changing what it means to be a quality chocolate producer.

Bean there, done that. Chocolatier Paul A Young is among UK producers
breaking new ground in chocolate. Photo: Chris Brock

Monday, 13 October 2014

Ready to raise some dough?

How can it be over already? Who else is already suffering the affliction of Great British Bake Off withdrawal symptoms? Don't worry, we've got the remedy. Rather than watching cakes rise on the TV screen, how about you watch one rise in your very own oven?

It's time for the Breakthrough Bake Off – a fun way to make a small but significant difference, and it couldn't be easier to get involved...

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Great British Bake Off: The Final

The builder, the baker and the mining cake maker:
Richard, Nancy and Luis fight their final Bake Off battle

Sugar, flour and choux pastry towers, that's what GBBO finals are made of. Ten weeks in the tent and 27 challenges later, Luis, Nancy and Richard fed Paul and Mary their final quota of butter, flour and sugar in last night's Bake Off final. But who took home the croquembouche crown as Star Baker of them all?