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

Lexi 2017


I am a sometime academic (currently a researcher on an arts education project), a former pastry chef, and an amateur gardener. My research and academic 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; the role of food blogs and other food media in food education; bread cultures; and the ways we tell the stories of our lives.

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 six years now (sssshhh). I came here to do a PhD. I finished that project in 2015 and am now working, living and baking in this city. I met a Spaniard here, he occasionally features on this site too. He is from Andalucia. I am learning Spanish, and trying to understand the culture, traditions and foodways of his homeland.

I started this blog in 2011. It was a project to keep me occupied between finishing an MA and starting a PhD. Since then it morphed into a significant part of my identity, particularly as a PhD student. (The tagline used to be ‘surviving a PhD with cake’ but I have now adjusted it.) It was called Philosophy and Madeleines long before I realised the distinct beauty of how the blog mirrored my own life of food academia.

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.

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 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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