Week of 4 December

Well I’m all tea’d out! The back of the Advent Calendar says to steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Too strong for my liking and so I’ve been able to ‘re-cycle’ them a couple of times before the days out. It’s a Chai day today! So in this time of Advent there have been 3 crafty events his week: a couple of crafty afternoons with paper folding and decoupage to make decorations. Mum came too and so we both got our fingers caked. In glue that is…Also Marion and I went to a wreath making evening at Shaw House with a florist where I made a round red themed table decoration. We don’t have a door knocker to hang a wreath from…. All great fun!

Staying Christmassy, Julia and I went to a snowy Stonor House to see the interior decorations which we very tastefully done by the owners. We heard that ‘’the short silver birch saplings were cut down in October still with their leaves and the base dunked in Milton’’. Then they were put in a terracotta pot of plaster of paris to set before being decorated. The long gallery look quite magical with these decorated saplings running down one side. Here we are with our coffee and I had a slice of coffee and walnut cake.  There’s a tree behind with kitchen themed decorations.  Just hope they left something in the drawers for the chef to stir the soup with..

Also this week Julia, Jenny and I met to see the Turner exhibition in the Basingstoke museum and here we are having a coffee and a natter. I chose a Victoria Sponge and a very nice one it was too.  It was bedlam in town and I was disappointed to see that Vitality health food shop’s gone. Without a ‘move to…’ sign I assume then that their finances weren’t healthy!

Well the non-cake highlight was our Concorde Champagne Day where we sat on board the Brooklands Concorde with a fluted glass full listening to Carole one of the stewardesses spilling the beans. Mike Bannister the Chief Pilot and last to fly Concorde to Filton was there too and we sat in the cockpit with him.  After our 3 course lunch (taken from a menu in 1989) we had an interesting presentation including unseen footage taken by Mike from the cockpit on the Golden Jubilee flyby. A great day and made memorable by the beautiful autumn sun and cloudless blue sky. Catch the second part to a programme on Concorde on ITV Monday at 9pm.

Cheers to a peaceful and safe Advent in this spell of cold and icing weather….

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Week of 27 November

Am I the only person to not know about Arnica? It helps reduce bruising and inflammation. And yes, there was a little incident this week. Lindsey, Marion, Jan and I went up the 332 narrow, twisting stone and wooden caged stairs of Salisbury Cathedral Tower to see the Christmas lights from the top at twilight. The resident peregrine falcon gave us a flypast whilst up there. No, you can stop visualising a tumble in the tower… We made it up the 21 floors that Lindsey’s app told us we had achieved and back down for a cream tea with huge scones and huge kilner jars full of jam and another with clotted cream. After scoffing that we listened to the choristers do evensong beautifully! A brilliant day, then I tripped up the kerb on the way back to the car park!

Some might say it was the cherries soaked in kirsch that came with my chocolate cake earlier in the day or perhaps I shouldn’t have enjoyed all the wine, liqueur and gin tastings at the Christmas market earlier! Arnica’s amazing stuff. I brushed down my coast and wiped my handbag and I was left puzzling why the Gods want me to know about Arnica…The leg was fine to walk on the following day when Marion, Lindsey, Jan, Judy and myself went to Waddesdon for the Christmas market stalls, gaze upon the interior decorations, scoff more afternoon tea and watch the night time light effects on the house. The afternoon tea’s here come with a plate of delicious savouries which we had devoured before this photo of the cake selection was taken….And they throw in a glass of prosecco too…

Waddesdon has to be the winner of the Eat Cake Be Happy Awards 2017 for best afternoon tea!!

So I have opened the first few doors on my cup cake Advent calendar. No joking! It’s a tea bag Advent calendar. A tasteful (in more ways than one) calendar from Fortnums in a beautiful box with exotic teas like Rose Pouchong. Also this week, to get us in the Advent spirit we attended the local Christmas Concert in aid of a new cancer centre at the local hospital and Macmillan; it’s always attended by the local great and good. You have to get there very early for an un-interrupted view of the stage. Which we didn’t as we were having an early dinner at Cote. This is the final year and they pulled out the stops with a fab choir, readings and the familiar carols that everyone can belt out. We had the Queens Physician speak who on retirement was knighted as a KCVO. I’m just sorry I won’t be able to do something similar for my Oncologist when he retires….

Now, a commentator on my current Future Learn course on cancer made an interesting observation about a study into the glucose that feeds cancer. You know how everyone talks about don’t eat sugar so you don’t feed the cancer. Well this study explains that the glucose source comes from amino acids in our diets. Well, I’ve not heard that before and it sounds quite complex. There’s already a theory that the glucose comes from starchy carbs in our diet and that a keto diet reduces those levels. There could be something in the latter as the western diet does involve a lot of bread, potatoes and pasta and less of the anti-cancer green leaf veg which actually provide us with fibre too.

So the odd cake would still be OK??

 

Week of 20 November

I have started a sister blog called Gone to Pot which spouts the merits of the legal Cannabis CBD Oil. I have more continuous sleep since taking drops last thing and my tendonitis in my hand has gone! However, I tweeked my hand getting the seat belt on yesterday and so I used it again last night to have the tendonitis disappear in the morning. And the tumour grew back less in the 3 months between July and October compared to the previous 3 months when I wasn’t taking it. Each time I find out something new and try something new myself it will get blogged.

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I’ve been thinking about cutting down on the sugar and indeed this week there are less cake highlights to share with you. My mind and mouth are saying that I will cut down but the eyes and the fingers aren’t completely in synch! In fact, unusually I had dessert this week – twice infact -…The Supper Club ladies Alex, Marion, Pam, Maureen, Eileen, Val and myself met at Café Rouge which has re-introduced its mini desserts.  So we succumbed and I had the mini chocolate mousse. Then Jeremy and I had a special 3 course lunch at Esseborne Manor and it was lemon posset for dessert and vanilla macarons with white chocolate filling with the coffee! Heaven! The food there is exquisite.  Jenny, Julia and myself were more constrained when we met in Farnham at Brasserie Blanc by finishing with just a coffee!  Thanks for the lovely cranberry loaf Julia.  It was delicious even without  butter.

Whilst seeing Alan, the hypnotherapist, I went to the Sefton Tea Room to find they are closing in December to make way for new houses; yes houses not horses – the current residents will be relocated. Here I had a slice of chocolate cake which had apricot filling. A nice combination. Alan told me about Battlers Green Farm Shopping Outlet just 10 minutes from him. There’s an Osprey shop and a cafe!  A great combination! So next time I’ll check out both!

I went to St Mary’s Bazaar on Saturday and bought Judy’s home made cup cakes to take home. Delicious. Hope the event raised lots!

The non-cake highlight and highlight of the week was our tour of the MINI Plant in Cowley. Jeremy and I had booked online a 2 hour walking tour around the body shop and production line. It was fascinating. There are over 1000 robots in the body shop making MINI’s to order; they are quite mesmerising to watch. Then on the snaking production line we watched the (human) teams with their unique responsibilities working on cars as the latter moved along the slow conveyor belt. The computers were set up to send the relevant part to the teams at the exact time they required it, which was amazing as every car was different to the next. If I was a geeky hacker I’d love to hack in to the computer system there and get the teams making multi-coloured hydrids for the day! Anyway I’ve chosen the next MINI – just have to make sure I’m still here in 2020 and that my current lease arrangement expires before I do!!

I learnt some interesting things this week. It’s the white pith in oranges that is anti-cancer so put the whole lot into the smoothie maker (wash it with apple cider vinegar and water if not an organic orange and after add some ground almonds to help with taste). And Coconut Oil is good for preventing colon cancer; rather than wait until the next quarterly scan to introduce the change I got Vita CoCo from Holland and Barrett to take with the morning Vit D pill. Some pills say take with food – they could mean ‘take with fatty food’ to aid max absorption.

So the mornings look like:

  • Large glass of chlorella with one bromelain pill;
  • CBD oil drops;
  • cup of anti-inflammatory tea;
  • breakfast (hard boiled egg or toast or all bran and berries)
  • teaspoon coconut oil;
  • Vit D pill with Vit A in water then blood thinner pill
  • Black coffee

Ready to go…

Putting a positive spin on it…

There’s nothing like seeing Dr Jackson and getting a reality check – a reminder that this is palliative care… So the tumour has grown. Dr J measured it on the latest scan image (Oct) and in the 3 months since the last quarterly scan (July) it has grown around 1cm. Putting a positive spin on it – that is 50% less than the 3 months prior (Apr to July) when Mr Cecil measured the re-growth as 2cm!

Is that the cannabis CBD oil? I started that in July!

So we have agreed to delay the next round of chemo as I feel fine and have no physical symptoms. I’ll have another quarterly scan in January 2018 and see him again two weeks after that for the results. However, should I have any pain then I contact him immediately to start chemo!

With some good news we have opened a bottle of bubbly that I purchased from Waddesdon earlier in the year. Cheers! And opened some nuts to stop the sugar spike….

What will I do differently in the coming 3 months? Nothing. But I think I will review the amount of sugar I ingest (from tomorrow when the bottle is empty)…

Week of 16 October

Just blown in from St Ives, Cornwall where I had a short break with Julia and Storm Brian.  We went to see Barbara Hepworth’s Garden before they close it at the end of the month for conservation and to see the re-vamped Tate.  We stayed at the Harbour Hotel and Spa which is a lovely hotel above Porthminster beach and undergoing renovation too.  The receptionist didn’t know her rooms and our twin was infact a double.  So after carting our luggage to the room and back again and then being told ”there were no twin rooms available” and ” but it is a king size mattress”.  I smiled repeating, ”but we booked a twin”.  Would she ask 2 business men to share a bed? No.  This was like a red rag to a bull…  We were gasping. I was after complimentary tea  which the restaurant manager provided rather too willingly.  So when asked ‘would you like anything else?” I smiled ”do you have scones?”.  So we tucked into an afternoon tea in the lounge admiring a great seaview!! Anyway, we had someone else’s sea view twin room as they still hadn’t checked in….More scones required chef…

Yes, I did eat cake and here I am with a wonderful Jaffa Cake in the Olive Café.  Here are their homemade cakes. The café is situated in narrow streets where once old fishermen’s cottages now holiday cottages with links to the past – Pilchards, Red Sails, The Wreck, etc – are and many varied artists studios, including the Olive Café….I did make a purchase in Mike Lacey’s shop (the underwater photographer).

We enjoyed exploring, we enjoyed Barbara Hepworth’s garden and we enjoyed the Tate.  We enjoyed walking to Carbis Bay in the sunshine (wearing my newly purchased dotty Tate Cape for extra protection from the expected Storm Brian). We enjoyed dining at eateries with ‘Beach’ in the title!   The 3 Beach Cafés and Beach Restaurant.  There was the super supper of fish tapas or just fish fish.. Storm Brian finally arrived yesterday (Saturday) as the sun went down and the high tide was due. Sea, sand and sea weed got chucked over the sea walls and roads. However, at 8.30 am council workers and businesses were clearing up and when the tourists disgorged from my train home they saw a pristine town.

How could I forget, Julia and I did a fun Bake with Me session with Christine Wallace (an earlier quarterfinalist from GBBO) earlier in the week at her house.  We made 5 different – no not cakes but – tasty canapés….Guess what Jeremy had for dinner??

 

Week of 25 September

Someone asked me, ”Do you pray?”.  Well, not for myself. I feel more comfortable with a random dialogue throughout the day thanking God and my Guardian Angel for this and that; the last parking space, good news or a lovely view, etc.  On a workshop earlier this year, they called it Gratitude Therapy (unbeknown to be I have been practising this for a long time). Research does show it boosts the immune system along with many other health benefits. On the workshop, another cancer patient really didn’t get it and said ”what have I got to be grateful for?”.  Errrr, for being able to get out of bed? For being invited to the workshop?. There’s always something… Anyway, there are people who do pray for me and I am very grateful for that.  In October, I will achieve the first Milestone; it will be 18 months ago that I was told I had 18 – 24 months to live!  Pass me the bubbly!

This week was the monthly Esseborne Ladies Lunch and 8 of us fitted perfectly around a table: Val, Norma, Helen, Sandra, Margaret, Carole and Elaine and myself.  The speaker, on women artists gave an interesting slant and the food was fab as usual but no macarons with the coffee.  What is going on? Carole asked the waitress who said, ”not today”. Well, actually it’s not been the last time nor the time before.  So to get my macaron fix I went to Paul’s this week while  out shopping.  Here is a lush pistachio macaron – a week’s worth of sugar I wonder!  The other Paul’s I frequent is one at the Green Park.  Which links nicely to my day out to Green Park and the Royal Academy exhibition on Matisse and afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons.  I met Fiona under the clock at Waterloo Station and we went off for a jolly time reviewing Matisse’s masterpieces along with the actual props he used in his artworks. We shuffled around the packed exhibition and I think because we saw the props it gave a different dynamic to other exhibitions we’d been to.  Did you know it is no longer PC to quote BC or AD and that one should use CE and BCE?  We are living in the Common Era and apparently according to Wiki this is not a fad, back in the 17th century it was known as the Vulgar Era….Anyway, here we are in Fortnum’s – there’s nothing vulgar about The Parlour – where we enjoyed scones and a large slice of cake…  I chose Victoria Sponge and Fiona the carrot cake. Delicious.  Unusually, there was almond (love almonds) in one of the layers.

Also this week, I had my four-weekly trip to Alan the hypnotherapist for a ‘top up’ and whilst there, I popped in Sefton’s Café in the stud.  I tiptoed up the wooden stairs adhering to the notice to be quiet only to find no one training in the ring and no one in the café. I chose  a triple decker Victoria sponge from under a dome – the others were all in a chiller unit and I recall last time the cake was quite solid – but this one had been chilled too; it was very tasty but, guess what, solid. What would Mary Berry say? So anyway, Alan and I concentrated on further visualisations to eliminate cancer from the abdomen area.  I do feel that working with one’s body, embracing the condition, taking responsibility for one’s own wellbeing is the way to go.  The next quarterly scan is due next month and Dr Jackson has opted to see the results of that  before the second round of chemo. He keeps asking ”how are you feeling?” and ”have you any physical symptoms?” ”I feel great and no I don’t”.   He said he’s normally prescribing treatments to relieve people of their physical symptoms.  I take this as a positive and that unusually the re-growth is slow. After the last chemo in December, he had said expect it to start growing again in 4-6 months…We’re now 9 months…

Marion, Janet, Judy and I went to see St Mary’s flower festival and it was beautifully decked out by many local people and organisations.  The Mayor and Mayoress were was there. Gosh they must get to eat a lot of cake during  their tenure! They were having refreshments with the vicar when we arrived.  I chose a piece of gluten free chocolate cake with a chocolate and banana filling.  I wonder if it was made with rice flour.  The sponge was very light.

I must add that I have been exercising this week as usual and I was pleased with myself for completing a demanding aqua aerobics session one morning  followed by a 7 mile Hackpen White Horse Walk with Jeremy in the afternoon.  Looking forward to doing the Pewsey White Horse Walk with Tina and Kelvin.  Another walk this week was a Wolf Walk with Liz at the Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham.  We walked the local fields and footpaths with two wolves who enjoyed howling back to the others and then stayed for feeding time.  I understand where the phrase ‘to wolf it down’ comes from.  My goodness, they can crunch through chicken bones like we may chomp our way through crisps or mints….

We got our first Christmas card this week….

Mr Cecil says….

So today we saw Mr Cecil the surgeon to better understand his comment, following my recent scan, to Dr Jackson: ‘as I am in such good health then more chemo would be best’.  It didn’t make sense to me and also it didn’t seem to fit with the last conversation we had with him in May.

We now understand Mr Cecil’s thinking about extending life and reducing the chance of new cancer growth. A second round of chemo now is, we agree, the better option.  The door is not closed to surgery but when the right ovary (which has grown 2cm since the January scan) becomes a really pesky pain, then surgery will be appropriate.  But of course by then it won’t be keyhole surgery!!

He also repeated that considering my situation (stage 4) very few people respond so well to chemo… Let’s hope my luck doesn’t run out in the second round…Bring it on!

Week of 4 September

Mamma Mia! I’ve had a ball this week and with all the food and drink feel like one! Jeremy and I went to Italy and stayed at The Hotel Vu D’Or situated 4 km up in the hills above Sorrento. We had a fab view from our balcony over Sorrento, the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. We had a really interesting and varied week with many cake and non-cake highlights. The reason for booking this tour were the guided tours – Pompeii and Herculaneum both destroyed by Mount Vesuvius when it erupted in AD79. I preferred the latter as there are complete buildings giving you a real flavour of life in Roman times although actually much remains from the earlier Greek period. The best finds are at the Naples Museum which was another fascinating guided tour and well worth it. Here’s Jeremy with his Caprese Chocolate Cake after our Pompeii and Naples excursion. Our hotel waiter was very amusing. ‘’You’re incredible’’ he’d say randomly to people. After choosing from the menu he’d say: ‘’very good choice’’ and then after Jeremy had chosen ‘’ahh, not so good choice’’!  Were we in Faulty Towers?

We did enjoy going to the Island of Capri and especially up the chair lift (I can say that now) from the town of Anacapri to see the fab views from Monte Solaro. It was day 4 and we had perfect weather that day. The day after our arrival we had torrential relentless rain; the first rain for 5 months so some tours didn’t even make it to Capri. The roads are very narrow on Capri yet the cars don’t seem as dented as in Sorrento. There are some fab open air stretch taxi’s with an awning on 4 posts to keep the sun off. Meanwhile, we travelled in the group mini buses. There were so many people in Capri town it was like the first day of the Oxford Street sales! I’m glad we didn’t go it alone we could still be waiting in a queue for a bus now! For dessert that night we had Riccota Cake. Looks like someone has stuck their fork in mine already…

 

Day 6 and the tour went to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. We sat in the front seat of the coach enroute to Amalfi and the views of the coast line were stunning. The Italians take great risks when weaving in and out of cars and that’s not just the scooters. Our coach driver did a great job while we just watched the traffic coming at us with our eyes getting wider! Bignet for dessert tonight!! An overlarge profiterole stuffed with cream – overlarge and stuffed just like us by now!

We did get free time and one morning we walked from our hotel further up the hill to a sleepy village called St Agata and stopped for a coffee at The Smoking Cat café (you didn’t misread it) where the local men were playing cards. Here’s Jeremy checking his phrase book… In the bowl on the table they had served some amoretti biscuits and mini almond madeleines with our coffees. Not homemade as I later found these ‘Playtime Madeleines’ (for a kiddie lunchbox??) at the supermarket. We then walked all the way down the rather steep, winding and knee creaking footpath into Sorrento, rewarded ourselves with some fresh pasta but got the bus back up!

On our last night the chef went crazy and there were cakes galore at the gala buffet dinner! The very large cake is the Sorrento Lemon Cake which consisted of a very light sponge. But the best was the limoncello baba. Remember rum babas but with limoncello instead!!  Mamma Mia!

                       

Well this week we did lots, saw lots and sampled lots: gelato, limoncello, bruschetta, limoncello, biscotti, limoncello – you get the picture! We had a great time!

Week of 21 August

‘’C’mon Twerp!’’. Everyone at the Brixham bound bus stop turned to see who the term of endearment was aimed at. A tall grandfather figure walked passed us all with a dawdling small child. Both wearing green wellies and sucking on lollies!  I had been over on the Kingswear ferry to sunny Dartmouth for a mooch around as the town prepared for a regatta. Once back in Brixham, where I was staying with Gaynor for a couple of days, I went to Millie and Me café as recommended by Gaynor and had a Malteserlicious cake. And it was! I met up with Gaynor later after she had finished work and we went for the obligatory fish dinner when one is by the sea – at Rockfish. Very nice hake! Previously, I had been staying with Julia for a few days at her country retreat at Newton Ferras near Kingsbridge. Whilst there, Julia and I went across the estuary to see Noss Mayo (a village not a jacket filling…) and dined at The Ship. Very nice local scallops! After supper we walked along the headland there to look at the view out to sea but due to the rain we saw nothing but cloud. So we returned there another evening as the sun was setting and walked around the headland which can be seen from Julia’s and admired the view from every seat along the way. Another nice coastal walk was from South Milton Beach Café where we had lunch at a table with a view over the bay. Very nice local scallops here too!   We walked around the coast to Thurstone and found a Gastro-bus parked on the cliff top offering a really varied menu. Their seedy flapjack was probably the nicest flapjack ever! Another walk was an interesting one around the nooks and crannies of Newton Ferras and along the estuary where we enjoyed watching people messing around on the river., especially paddle boarders.On our return to Julia’s we rewarded ourselves with some of her beautifully iced homemade carrot cake!

Julia and I also had time for a trip to Plymouth and the Hoe where we saw the Beryl Cook exhibition, saw the Wave (remember the Tower of London poppies) and went up Smeaton’s tower (the lighthouse). That evening Julia, Hilary, Gaynor and I met at The Oyster Shack near Bigbury. Very nice crab soup! Very nice spider crab gratin! We said goodbye to Julia and that’s when I went with Gaynor to stay in Brixham for a couple of days. Gaynor and I saw Hilary again, after she had sailed the high seas of Torbay, for an aperitif and dinner at the Breakwater Bistro. Very nice turbot! In the morning, Gaynor and I did eat some cake when we shared a slice of raspberry ripple victoria sponge at a surprisingly empty Brixham Lido before heading off along the coast path to Berry Head (without paying as well…) Approaching Berry Head I remembered and phoned them. So we went onto St Mary’s Bay then back for lunch at the Guards Café on Berry Head. Very nice seafood chowder! Then, I popped in to settle the debt and apologise profusely. Oddly, no one else had sampled the pretty raspberry ripple cake. It had apparently been baked by ‘’a little old lady’’. I had visions of her transporting her cake in a trolley bag trolling gingerly down the steep footpath to the Lido with it….

It has been perfect weatherise this week to eat and drink outside. I have fond memories of Julia’s balcony looking out to sea over the fields and tree tops and of sitting in Gaynor’s garden overlooking Brixham harbour with the Sally Brass Band playing Abba’s Dancing Queen…..

Week of 3 July

We’ve been to Russia visiting Moscow and St Petersburg this week!  We had a great trip organised by the Russian Tourist Board with just one blip – we arrived in Moscow and our driver wasn’t there to take us onward.  Luckily the couple standing with us in the hour long customs throng were also staying at our hotel – The Best Western Vega – but on a different tour!  So we shared their taxi!  How lucky were we!

It was hot and sultry when we arrived but the Russian weather then became un-seasonally wet and chilly….We saw all the key sites  of Moscow by coach and had walking and metro tours.  The latter is very easy to use actually and artistically fascinating.  I  enjoyed walking in Red Square, the Impressionist collection in the Puskin Museum and I enjoyed sheltering from the rain listening to the high standard of licensed buskers in one of the underpasses. The rain was torrential at one point, so inside the Kremlin we were very glad to get into its cathedrals and armoury with its magnificent collection of valuables which were even more interesting knowing it was torrential rain outside!  There are no drains so the pavements are just running rivers.  Never been so wet!

We took the Sapsan (”high speed”) train to St Petersburg and in the day light we saw the endless forests and waste land punctuated by hamlets of woodern houses of varying levels of dilapidation.  Some hamlets had great mobile masts but not all had street lights nor tarmacked roads.  Even in the sunlight the stations we glided through belonged to towns that looked grim. But then we got to St Petersburg.  We came out of the station and thought we had arrived in Paris!  The BA check-in lady said to us ‘are you going to see the White Nights? – pop group? armoured horsemen? No, she meant the long daylight hours.  And yes we saw the sun still shining at 10pm in St P.

St P looks and feels European.  There are endless roads of beautiful buildings of the early 18th century built by French and Italians for Peter the Great.  The canals add to the attractiveness of the place.  It is magnificent.  The sights are stunning.  In our free time, we walked lots and soaked (different context this time) the place up returning back to our hotel, the Demetra Art Hotel, some 10 hours later….

Included were tours of the Winter Palace and Summer Palace (1 hour drive away)  which if you are familiar with them are sumptuously decorated and not to be missed. We chose to go to the Faberge museum.  Also, we did a canal cruise and we queued to see inside the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – another amazing interior.  Nearly saw spilled blood in the throng trying to buy tickets to go in…

So to food,  we ate at a range of places.  The hotel buffet in Moscow, a canteen restaurant inside a supermarket with the locals, at a window in a wall where the locals order hot dog which came with a really, really nice cup of coffee – the best I’d had for ages actually. In St P we ate in local family run kebab restaurants, in a Russian Italian chain restaurant and snacked at open air snackeries trying cheese bread (bread with cheese inside) and potato pie (bread with potato inside).  However, there were few opportunities to eat cake.  In the Moscow hotel buffet they served little squares of traybakes for desert.  In the supermarkets there were more biscuits than cake on offer.  But I did spot this selection of special cakes in a supermarket (left) and at breakfast in St P we could choose a little traybake or even scrumptious macarons…. heaven……