Whats in a Name?

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This post is going to tell you why i call myself Phigella online.

This is a nickname given to me a long time ago by my best mate. Nigella Lawson is one of my favourite chefs, especially where cakes etc are concerned. I used to do a lot of baking and dessert making, way more than I do now and I used to make things up.

You want a chocolate cake? OK what do I have in the cupboard? Lets add some of this and some of that and see what happens.

The name came about one day when my Sister and BFF decided they wanted a chocolate cake, so I made one.

I didn’t have enough chocolate or cocoa powder in the house so I improvised. A bit of golden syrup, some vanilla extract, chocolate chunks, a load of vanilla butter cream and a messed up cooking time and temperature, voila, best cake ever!

I’ve never been able to re-create it because I can’t quite remember what was in it, I also messed up the cooking and that can have a massive impact on a cake.

So my BFF, the creative person that she is, decided I would forever be known as Phigella, my own name, Phillipa and that of the goddess Nigella.

I don’t often make up my own recipes, I will adjust others to suit my tastes and one of the only times I bake now if for our annual MacMillan Coffee Morning, I like cake, a lot and if I bake it, I eat it. Hubby doesn’t have a sweet tooth so he can’t help.

Occasionally now I will take a notion to bake loads! and when that happens I phone my sister and make her take it all home, I do still add other things to my recipes and I always taste whatever mix before I cook it and adjust as necessary.

Basically, if in doubt add more stuff and see what happens. At the end of the day it’s a cake, it’s hardly world changing so experiment!


  1. Cool story to explain the meaning behind your blog name. Maybe one day you will accidentally make the cake again, if you do can I have a slice? 😁

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