Pastry School Diary: Week 12

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been in pastry school for three months! Crazy. We’ve been in the intermediate part of our course since our last exams week six and this week we had our practical exams based on those skills. Pavlova and panna cotta for the patisserie exam and croissants and Guinness bread for our bakery […]


Pastry School Diary: Week 11

I can’t believe I’ve almost completed a quarter of pastry school. Week 11 was a pretty good week consisting of our first try at some items that will be on the practical exam in week 12, a group outing to Borough Market, mulled wine and lots and lots of Christmas music! Tuesday: Meringue Pavlova, Floating Islands […]

Sugar centerpiece

Pastry School Diary: Week 10

Week ten went pretty well. We took our first try at a couple of items that will be on our exam in two weeks time and presented our past masters chef project which we’ve been working on for a few weeks. We also got some pretty big news about some upcoming changes, but more on […]

Cornmeal Muffins

Expat Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Mainly because it involves a lot of things I love…food, family/friends and football! Having lived in California for seven Thanksgivings, it’s actually been a holiday that I’ve spent more with friends than family over the past decade, and this will make the fourth Turkey Day in a row that I’ve […]


Pastry School Diary: Week 9

Week nine started out a bit rough. I accidentally left my nice wool peacoat in the girls changing room at work experience and someone took it. Despite the fact that it was a nice (and somewhat expensive coat), I spent weeks and weeks last fall trying to find the perfect coat and now I need […]


Chunky Apple Cake

It’s fall, and despite having somewhat unseasonably warm(ish) weather in London, I love this time of year. Perfect for baking apple recipes. This Chunky Apple Cake with a cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite fall cakes from an old Southern Living (circa early 2000s) magazine that I clipped out and has been a staple […]