Sunday, August 9, 2015

Links of the Week | 9th August 2015

No sooner had I pressed “publish” on my autumnal recipe when the sun came out! This week I’ve been reading an interesting selection of articles. I’ve also been beavering away on my new site – the comments have stopped working here, apologies, so I’m in the process of moving to another site. It should be up and running in no time though!

I’ve been following press coverage for The End of the Tour: here, here, and here.

I haven’t read anything by David Foster Wallace so I am merely a fascinated bystander watching the drama unfold. Everyone seems very protective of the memory of the man and his work. It’s definitely making me feel like I’m missing out on something amazing! Have you read Infinite Jest? Will you be watching this film?

On a related note, this article on the forgotten books by women is really interesting.

This story about a boy being sent books from all over the world after his mail man learned he was reading junk mail to feed his love of reading is heartwarming.

This recipe from Ruby Tandoh for blueberry cheesecake ice cream served in wee brownie cups looks insanely delicious.

This article on literary crushes made me laugh.

One of my favourite bloggers, Laura Jane Williams, has published her own eBook this week called The Book of Brave. Even if you don’t buy the book, you should definitely take a look at her blog.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Autumnal Spiced Apple Cake Recipe


As the weather in England begins to feel a lot more autumnal, I’m cracking out my favourite apple recipes. There’s something about an apple cake that, to me, feels quintessentially autumnal! This cake is no exception. It’s delicious by itself or with a healthy dose of custard. If you’re feeling inspired by the recent revival of the Great British Bake Off, this is an ideal recipe to get your feet wet! On the other hand, those of you lucky to still be enjoying the summer sun may want to wait a while before picking your apples!


4 medium free-range eggs
3 medium eating apples
200g unsalted butter, softened
150g Greek yogurt
225g Demerara sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 whole nutmeg, grated (can also use ground nutmeg)


1. Preheat the oven to 180*C, gas mark 4. Lightly grease your tin, I used a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin.

2. Core and peel your apples. Slice them thinly and try to maintain their shape as much as possible as these will be on top of the cake!

3. Beat the butter and sugar together, adding the eggs one by one until the mixture is smooth. Folding in the flour if the mixture begins to curdle before adding it all gradually, mixing constantly. Then add the yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You could also add some smaller chunks of apple at this stage if you fancy.

4. Spoon the mixture into your baking tray. Taking the sliced apples, place them on top of the mixture. Sprinkle some more cinnamon with a little sugar on top to caramelise the apples in the oven.

5. Bake for around an hour; maybe longer as it’s quite a dense mixture so be sure to check it’s done throughout before removing from the oven. Remove, and allow it to cool before removing from your baking tray.

6. Serve on its own or with a dollop of cream or custard – and enjoy!

What are your favourite foods to enjoy when the weather is turning a little colder? 
Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

July in Review

 This month I read:
My Mad Fat Teenage Diary by Rae Earl, The Playground by Julia Kelly, Unexploded by Alison MacLeod

I visited:

I've spent most of July finishing off the first draft of my dissertation and preparing to move house so I haven't really been out and about much beyond walking the dogs. August will be different though!

These are now on my TBR pile:

The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies, Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor + then the booker prize longlist. 

I have been listening to:

What have you got planned for August?  
Are you going to be reading anything on the booker prize long list?

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