Hello! I’m Lexi Earl, the writer and curator of this blog. Welcome!

Lexi 2017

I am a writer, a former pastry chef, and an amateur gardener. My research and writing interests lie in food education programmes, particularly those run in schools based on field-to-plate philosophies; issues of health, wellbeing, and identity; issues of food and food poverty; and the role of food blogs and other food media in food education. I am totally fascinated by the role food plays within the stories we tell, particularly how young people tell their stories through food; bread cultures; and food blogs.

I currently live in Nottingham, in England. I ended up here by accident (I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa) and still consider it a temporary residence, even though I’ve been living here for nearly seven years now (sssshhh).

I write about a range of things on this site. It is not just a baking blog, although it does tend to lean heavily towards desserts. Butter, sugar, eggs and flour just make sense to me and so I tend to write about them more. However, I am interested in a range of things, including community gardens and growing your own, food festivals, and travelling as well as the ordinary pace of life after a PhD and the less fascinating (and therefore totally fascinating) everyday meal. So these topics come up too. I also regularly share lists of what I am reading – these lists consist of books, journal articles, online and magazine articles, recipes, audio books, podcasts and even the occasional television show. The lists are published on Tuesdays.

My writing has appeared in: Comestible, Gastronomica, and on the LSE Review of Books as well as in academic journal spaces. I am the author of Schools and Food Education in the 21st Century, published by Routledge.

I am a writer for hire. If there is something you want to collaborate on, please get in touch!

I take all the photographs featured on the site and write all the content. All photographs are copyrighted. Please do not use them without explicit permission.

Feel free to ask questions via the comments box or email me (lexiearl [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk) or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (at)lexiearl.



  1. hello dearest daughter.
    I have retrieved the banana loaf recipe from your blog, and am about to bake for the open garden day for Jo. I hope it all turns out well. Your mother

  2. Hi Lexi

    Your mama forwarded me the link to your blog today and just to say Mazel Tov on your research so far – the end is really in sight. I have administered 5 DBA examinations in the last 18 months and know that a completing student should pray for a ‘mean’ supervisor. Reading between the lines she’s preparing you well for your examination. I also know that typical timelines for completion of Masters and Doctorate are 7 years so you have really done well to get this research done so efficiently. Oh yes – the supervision process is often the make-or-break of research so you are very lucky to have clicked with your supervisor. Foucault? Eish!

    All the best for the final stages of this journey.


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