Vagabond Baker

Nutella Swirl Faux Brioche Buns

Watching my nephew spread Nutella over his store-bought chocolate chip brioche roll gave me a thunderbolt of inspiration. Imagine an enriched, buttery dough bun, studded with chocolate chips with a spiral core of sweet Nutella that you can slowly unroll and devour layer by layer....

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chunky Chocolate Muffins

 An absolutely delicious muffin for you this week! It is a bit of a cheaty post because I’m out in a beautiful pip of France at a wedding, having a wonderful time without any time to bake, other than myself in the glorious sunshine of...

Spiced Rice Pudding with Roasted Rhubarb

Ah rice pudding. Creamy and nurturing, it fills your heart with comforting warmth. I had roasted some rhubarb to top the individual pavlovas and had plenty to spare, it soon dawned on me that it would go rather marvellously with some rice pudding. I’ve been...

Gooseberry Meringue Roulade

Gooseberries in a colander, now that’s summer. A yearly ritual of childhood when we were sent down the garden to the veg patch to pick the goosegogs. We’d wander back up the path with colanders heavy with fruity jewels and our forearms scratched and scraped from the...

Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor really do have to be seen to be believed, their number and scale are larger than you could ever imagine. They are detailed with breathtaking carvings, bas reliefs that tell the story of their history and the people who built them, and...

Yangshuo Fried Potatoes

This quick lunch dish is my interpretation of some tasty street food we discovered in Yangshuo, southern China. At a tiny stall a hawker was selling cubed potato, fried with mustard seeds which he then tossed with coriander leaves, chilli oil and sesame seeds. It made a...

A tuk-tuk tour around the Battambang countryside

There’s more to visiting Battambang than the Bamboo Train and the colonial architecture, hire a tuk-tuk or rent a motorbike and go exploring! We opted for a tuk-tuk and hired it out for the day, our first port of call being the aforementioned bamboo train,...

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

This is a super old post from February 2012. It somehow didn’t make it across the migration from the old blog to this so I’ve simply cut and pasted it onto a fresh post.  I spend far too much time on Pinterest. It has absorbed...

Individual Rhubarb Pavlovas

Clouds of meringue topped with velvety fresh cream and roasted rhubarb freshly harvested from the garden, these individual rhubarb pavlovas are luscious and summery. We timed our return to the UK perfectly, the weather has been wonderful these last couple of weeks, of which much...

Looking for the Irrawaddy dolphin

The Irrawaddy Dolphin is one of the rarest, critically endangered dolphins in the world. It can be mainly be found in three rivers in South East Asia  including the Mekong River in a 190 km stretch between Laos and Cambodia. Of a population of less than...

Bokor, where the corridors are silent.

To escape the sultry humidity of Phnom Penh the colonial French found themselves a remote mountain near the coast, Bokor Hill. Up there the mist drifted in, cold and refreshing, a perfect place for a hill station. In the 1920s they built a small community...

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, a serene little town in southern Cambodia. Here on the banks of the Kampot River dusty roads lead out into the countryside, between rice paddies and stubbly fields fringed with iconic sugar palm trees to tiny villages. It is a place to chill out,...