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Nicey replies: Jenni,

I can understand your plight, being stuck in a sub-tropical paradise, wanting nothing more than a slice of ginger cake from Halifax. Also as for a slight stickyness, perhaps its a fond 30 years of memory playing tricks, but the outside is the cake is like a blend of syrup and carpet tile adhesive, and will only usually be parted from its paper case if threatened with some sort of knife. All part of its unique charm of course.

As for a recipe, I don't hold out much hope. These things usually can only be made given the correct industrial cake plant. Maybe somebody will bring you one, but it might not take well to confinement in a suitcase.

Keith O'Kane
Nicey replies: Morning Kieth,

Good pragmatic approach there. Of course when they rearrange the aisles ones entire belief system can come crashing down around ones ears.

Alison Debenham
Nicey replies: Yes that is reassuring except that E174 is Silver, the rest are all fairly standard.



Naturally occurring orange/yellow colour, extracted from the spice turmeric


Ponceau 4R

A synthetic coal tar dye, red in colour


Brilliant Blue

A synthetic coal tar dye, blue in colour. Often mixed with E102 to make green.

Nicey replies: Right I think we'll be giving those a miss from here on in.

Tim Longdon