Far from being two unrelated news stories, the Tunnock's saga is the other side of the coin to the migrant crisis. At a time when our nations have shown themselves to be less welcoming and more insular than we might have hoped, convinced that we share an identity with each other and willing to demonize and reject those of other nations, we need also to ask what role apparently innocent symbolism, from Tea Cakes to the Bake Off, plays in the construction of this unwelcoming attitude.
Whilst no-one has gone quite as outré as Ian with the decorations, everyone's still making the most of the time available to perfect the presentation. Everyone, that is, except Mat, who sits calmly drinking a cup of tea and picking at his leftover ingredients while the others sweat over the intricacies of their showstoppers.
The Clandestine Cake Club started as a way for amateur bakers to get together, each bringing their own cake. It's now gone global and the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook has a great sampling of recipes from club creator Lynn Hill and other members. The book is split into types of cakes from Classic to Chocolatey and Fruity to Creative.
Baking and cakes have seen a huge surge in popularity over the past few years and the nation has truly embraced the trend. This event celebrates the very best cakes - from the finest tea room slice to the many varieties on the shelves of supermarkets, bakery shops and retail food chains across the country.
There is a really sensible progression through the cookbook so that you 'learn' as you go along. A lot of the recipes need a good bit of prep work but there are enough that can be made quickly when you need a sugar hit. Also while many of the ideas are complicated or require practiced skills they are well explained and worth trying out.