sweet treats

Butterfly Cakes: for the young, and the young at heart.

Butterfly Cakes: for the young, and the young at heart.

Whether you’re young or old, we all love a pretty little cake. And I’ve never needed an excuse to bake these, and watch with pleasure as a small child gobbles one up: icing sugar and whipped cream on pink noses and tiny fingers, and crumbs everywhere. Lately I’ve been baking these, not for small children, but for Hazel, my dear 91-year- old mother in-law.

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Deida’s Butter Biscuits, Crisp Cheddar shortbread and Hazelnut Meringues

Deida’s Butter Biscuits, Crisp Cheddar shortbread and Hazelnut Meringues

I want to start with an explanation of how from week to week I decide what to write about. Sometimes it’s about an event I’ve done, occasionally about somewhere interesting we’ve been, but mostly it’s about food. What I cook is dependant on a number of things; seasonal produce from the market, as I’m always inspired by what’s available now; recipes for my children, who often ask me how to make something; memories from my childhood; and you, who sometimes ask me for specific recipes, to which I’m always happy to oblige. This post though, is inspired by my childhood memories, and the need to write family recipes down for my girls, so they won’t have to wonder, as I sometimes do, how the hell did my mother do that?

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