Vagabond Baker

A thrifty wander through London’s Parks

London can be an expensive destination, there are so many brilliant things to spend your hard-earned cash on, not to mention the cost of accommodation. When the sun comes out however, London can become your thrifty playground! Obviously you can’t plan your trip around the...

Romantic Ruins in the Heart of England

Kenilworth Castle. While we were in Warwickshire we treated ourselves to a day out at Kenilworth Castle, possibly my favourite British castle. For me, Kenilworth stands out because it is red and because it is in a fairly ruinous state. I love ruins, they inspire...

French Chocolate Cake

Here’s a perfect cake to slot into your repertoire, or print it out, fold it and slip it between the pages of one of your favourite recipe books, or is that just something I do? Why, you may ask? Well, apart from the fact that...

Meandering in the Midlands

We have spent a blissful couple of weeks hanging around my childhood haunts this spring.  My brother asked us to house sit for a few days while they headed off to France so that became our base. Our summer calendar is quickly filling up with...

Rhubarb Crumble Slices

I couldn’t share my recipe for blueberry crumble slices and not follow it up with a rhubarb one. These slices are buttery and tart, sweet and crumbly, with a crunchy top. Made with freshly picked rhubarb they are comforting, homely bars, perfect as a warm dessert....

Retro Rice Pudding

Can you be addicted to rice pudding? Well, I don’t think I’m far off! I’ve baked it three times over this past weekend, eaten it for dessert and then for breakfast the following day. Oh, and I’ve grazed on it cold, straight out of the...

Blueberry Crumble Slices

Who loves the crumble on a crumble more than the fruit underneath? Well these are the slices for you! Buttery crumb with a juicy layer of blueberry, dished up warm with a dollop of crème fraîche, delish! Very easy to make too, and any slices you have...

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake {Maypole Cake!}

A cake dressed up for my favourite day of the year, May 1st. Underneath the ribbons is a raspberry sponge, filled with raspberry jam and covered in white chocolate buttercream. The cake is decorated with a ‘Maypole’, complete with colourful ribbons, representing the traditional village...

Boston Cream Pie Swiss Roll

I just had to revisit my boston cream pie cupcakes at some point. When there is custard involved things are never too far from my mind. I had a thought, maybe it was a custardy dream, that I could convert it to a swiss roll,...

Lemon and Poppy Seed Squares

It’s been a little while since I did a baking post, my apologies! I have done a lot of baking but all the recipes are already on here so I had nothing to blog. I’ve made more macarons and a couple of batches of red...

Ticking Off My #1 James Bond Location!

I managed to fulfil a lifetime {and very geeky} ambition over the winter, I visited my #1 007, James Bond location, the one at the very top of the list. As far as I’m concerned, it is the ultimate, most iconic of all the 007...

Murren, Switzerland, snow, mountains

A Snowy Hike From Mürren

The clouds we’d seen all week disappeared from the valley revealing a beautiful blue sky so we took the cable car up to pretty Mürren. Sitting over 1600 metres above sea level at the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley, Mürren has impressive views of the Eiger, Monch...

Two Little Alpine Christmas Markets

Christmas markets in Switzerland really help to get you into the Christmas spirit! The Lauterbrunnen Christmas Market was on our second night after arriving. We walked down along the river with our torches, in the freshly fallen snow from the house to the town. The...

A Whistle-stop Tour of the French Riviera

This post follows on from the previous post about Grenoble. From Grenoble we hired a car and spent a weekend down in Provence. The purpose of the trip was to see an old friend who I hadn’t seen since 2000, when she moved back to her native...