Seaside Lights and Pineapple Cake: an excerpt from WI Kitchen Stories

Jessica February 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm Baking, Profile, Recipe No comments , , , , , , , , ,

If each WI could be described as possessing its own unique tapestry made up of myriad personalities, backgrounds, skills and interests, then WeyBay Women’s Institute in Weymouth, Dorset, sits in the realms of the technicolour dreamcoat WI. Nothing says it more than the life-size ice-cream cone that greets us one step in to the President’s […]

Summer update

Jessica August 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm Baking, Profile No comments , , , , , , , , ,

Our Kitchen Stories journey is gaining pace, unveiling personal tales of life, love and adventure as experienced through the prism of a home-baked signature dish. We are hopeful that our series of portraits, interviews and recipes will make it to the shelves of a bookshop near you! With this in mind we don’t want to […]

Nigel’s pistachio cake

Jessica April 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm Baking, Uncategorized 3 comments , ,

Between Nigella and Nigel, Louise and I have most of our culinary bases covered. A Nigel Slater cake recipe did me proud this weekend when I attended the wedding of my two good friends in Devon. It was a beautiful ceremony coloured by hand crafted-wizardry; pretty paper streamers looped the old wooden beams of the hall, candles glowed from […]

Marmalade Makers

Jessica March 13, 2014 at 11:15 am Baking, Family, Jamming, Profile No comments , , , , ,

It’s not every day you try an award-winning marmalade. Yet, on our latest visit to see Stanwick WI member Sue Foster at her home in Northampton earlier this month, we met a trio of true marmalade connoisseurs. For the past two years, Matthew (12), Christopher (10) and Charlotte Foster (8) have swept the board at […]

Laura’s chocolate cheesecake

Jessica January 21, 2014 at 7:10 am Baking, Business, Family, Profile, Recipe No comments , , , ,

We’d heard a lot of good things about Tea and Tarts WI in West Yorkshire; they’ve got their own running club, put on a hands-down-cool public lecture evening, and their January meeting, titled ‘Pasties and Panties’, was geared around jazzing up smalls with some burlesque-inspired tassels and frilly bits. So you can imagine our delight […]

Cake or death?

Jessica November 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm Baking No comments , , , ,

One of the great things about this project is the variety of members we come across. Take Carla Valentine. A member of Shoreditch Sisters WI in east London since 2011, her unique slant on death-themed cake marries one of her all-time loves of baking with her fascinating day job as Technical Assistant Curator at Barts […]

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