• Cakes,  Recipes - tried and tested

    Victoria Sandwich for One

    Last year I entered a Victoria Sandwich into a local horticultural competition and was disqualified!! Yep, you read right…..disqualified!! And what was the awful deed I did to be disqualified……..I put buttercream between my layers of sponge and dusted icing sugar on the top. Shock! Horror!!!! The competition was being run according to the Women’s Institute rules, and they don’t allow buttercream or icing sugar…..can you believe that?!! Surely it says in the British constitution that a Victoria Sandwich must have a thick layer of Buttercream between two layers of cake!!! What was particularly gutting was the comments on the cards were all great “lovely moist sponge” ” “nice and…

  • Biscuits and Cookies

    Valentine’s Butter Biscuits

    Happy Valentines Day!! Did you get a card? Was it from a secret admirer? The love of your life? Or someone you’d rather not have received it from? So far today there has been no post, no knock on the door from the florist or chocolate delivery guy, no little jewellery box found hidden in conveniently romantic spot, so…..suffice to say, I did not get a card or Valentines gift. But I’m not upset….after 27 years with the love of my life, we see the commercial side of Valentines as a small waste of cash. But that’s not to say I don’t find the giving and receiving of cards unromantic,…