January 15, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Omiyage from Japan: Shonan Cheese Pie

by Sakura Gooneratne

There is something about Japanese confectionary and pâtisseries that pushes sweets to a level of sophistication I haven’t found anywhere else. It’s not the purely Japanese examples either. They excel in transforming desserts from all over the world into something less sweet, less heavy and more palatable. And it’s no coincidence that sweets are HUGE […]

December 21, 2010

Slightly Peckish: Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies

by Sakura Gooneratne

You know it’s the festive season when you start seeing images of Christmas puddings and mince pies everywhere in London. This year Heston Blumenthal of the three Michelin starred The Fat Duck in Bray produced an extra special Christmas pudding with a whole Valencia orange inside for Waitrose (an upmarket supermarket) but it sold out […]

September 22, 2010

Skankynavia: Danish Blackberry Pie

by Anders Arhoj

If I had a garden, I would go crazy. Everyone thinks having a big garden invokes peace and tranquility in the mind. WRONG! It gives you a constant nagging feeling of stress and frustration. The lawn must be mown, bushes cut, apples picked, weed removed, flowers planted, birds scared away, vegetables watered… Aargh it just […]