Food: Victoria Sandwich

Classic British Victoria Sandwich

I have no idea what the WI do.

Since I was a little girl there’s been a WI just around the corner from wherever I lived, and I’ve heard “Jam and Jerusalem” thrown about ad infinatum, but I have no idea what they do any more.

Is it all old people, as I suspected as a child, or are there young members running around knitting and analysing baked goods? Other than listening to talks about peculiar subjects, what do they do? During their centenary celebrations last year, did they finalise a secret plot for world domination, a plot that is about to come to final and terrifying fruition? Or is it just a group of people deeply passionate about cooking in the specific way that requires stringent rules about the set of jam and whether or not buttercream belongs in a Victoria Sandwich.

In my opinion it does, and a Victoria Sandwich without buttercream, as is suggested by the WI, is a travesty. So there.

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Food: Caramel Mille Crepe Cake

Caramel Mille Crepe Cake, stacked chocolate and vanilla pancakes sandwiched together with homemade caramel.

Collecting kitchen paraphernalia is becoming addictive.

I own tiny frying pans, good for individual eggs or scotch pancakes, that I never use. I own a cauldron, used mostly for making vast vats of sauces. I own a plethora of baking pans; loose-bottomed, springform, silicone, miniature, patterned, nonstick.

I cannot resist kitchen stuff, and I only want more kitch

en stuff. Have you ever tried ? I haven’t tried Taiyaki yet, but they look amazing. I’m dying to get one of these very specific types of pan. I’m growing herbs on my windowsill now, so now I want herb cutting scissors. I love smoked food and I’m considering a smoking gun so I can taste smoky, barbecued deliciousness whenever the mood takes me.

Unfortunately this is becoming a source of minor disagreement, as my partner wants to know why we can’t get rid of some of the assorted pans that I never use. So now I have to excuse myself by making lots of things in interesting pans so he forgets they’re useless. You ready?

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