Cake or Death Cooking

About

Here at Cake or Death cooking we love to cook!  We believe that cooking should be fun, faf free and all about the flavours.  We want to share our passion, so we have put together a set of podcasts for you with recipes that you should find simple, quick and easy to prepare – leaving you to get on with the other important things in your life.

On each of our podcasts, Elle and her ragbag of guest presenters will guide you through a yummy recipe and you can find all of our recipes in full here.

Our recipes are generally very quick and simple.   We’re aware that you might not want to spend a lot on cooking up a storm, so on the whole our recipes are made with ingredients that are inexpensive.  If you live in shared accommodation or have limited space, then you’ll love these recipes, as they need little space to prepare and only basic equipment.  A lot of them are made to be cooked with other people – make it a social event why not?  But we’ve also thrown in a set that are ideal for one person.  Here at Cake or Death we have trouble thinking inside the box, so our recipes are generally original and a bit ‘special’.

Have fun!

Elle, our head cook is somewhat obsessed with cooking and talking to people about their culinary habits. Chatting with her friends over the last year, she found quite a few like cooking, but say they don’t really have a chance to get down to it and want fresh ideas for simple recipes. She wanted to share her love of the kitchen and give people ideas and confidence to cook yummy food, so she started throwing together recipes.  People liked them so she started writing and sharing more and more.

Enter Dave – our esteemed producer and podcast passionista.  Dave and Elle, founders of a much heralded but somewhat eccentric cheese festival, felt the calling for a cooking podcast.   And over several pints and a bowl of bad chips……….Cake or Death was formed.   Quite a few of our friends wanted to get involved, so for every few podcasts we have a different guest presenter who brings their own style (and often daft questions too) to the kitchen.

Essentials

Equipment

Our recipes are based on cooking in a very basic kitchen with basic equipment. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need: 2 x saucepans with lids Non-stick frying pan Casserole dish, i.e. any kind of oven proof dish that can also be used to cook on the hob. Colander Oven proof dish (e.g. a rectangular ceramic dish you would use to cook fish pie in). […]

Ingredients

We have aimed to use only widely available ingredients in this book, ones that you should be able to get at your corner shop or local supermarket. We assume you don’t want to expend energy on shopping around so our recipes are made from easy-to-get ingredients. In most cases I’ve also suggested variations or replacements for ingredients if you can’t pick them up nearby. Below […]

Definitions

Poaching Poaching is the process of gently simmering food in liquid (not oil) such as stock, milk, water or wine. It is sometimes used to cook delicate foods like fish, which could fall apart if boiled too rapidly. People often poach eggs because it gently cooks the egg, making the white solidify and hardening the yolk on the outside, but leaving the yolk inside quite […]

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Biriani

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Honey cake

Honey cake

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German Christmas cookies

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