Paola Thomas

Paola is a half-Italian Brit who has spent the last decade living in the glorious Pacific Northwest. A food photographer who can write, she documents food stories and captures the flavors of a place or season through her photographs, writing and recipes.
Recipe: Chocolate Sponge Cake with Ganache Frosting
A simple yet festive chocolate cake you can use for birthdays or just serve as a luxurious after-dinner dessert.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake
Before the Victoria sponge, British sponge cakes were leavened only by eggs hand-whisked with sugar until foamy and thick. Sometime in the mid-1800s, an unheralded genius realized that the recent invention of baking powder meant butter could be creamed in with the sugar, resulting in a firmer, longer-lasting, less temperamental sponge. And that’s how we ended up with cake we know today: a toothsome, bouncy sponge that is comparatively easy to whip up and has a rich, buttery flavor.
May 1, 2019
Bake Like a Brit: 5 Cakes Every English Baker Loves
When a Brit tells you they're baking, you can generally assume that a cake is about to come out of the oven.
May 19, 2018
Recipe: Coffee and Walnut Cake
Between the rich coffee essence and toasty walnut flavor, this sophisticated layer cake is what to turn to when a celebration is in order.
May 12, 2018
Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Cake
A lemon drizzle cake is more of a concept than an actual recipe. Although there is a time and a place for Madeira-type plain lemon sponge, sometimes just a bit more pizzazz and sugar is required. A drizzle cake is just a lemon sponge cake that’s soaked while still warm with a glaze made of lemon juice and sugar, which adds a crisp crust as it cools.
May 11, 2018
Easy Madeira Cake With a Sugar Crust Topping
A Madeira cake is the sort of plain cake that looks like it might be dull and dry, but instead turns out to be exceptionally moreish.
May 10, 2018
The Bizarre British Sauce I Convince Americans to Put on Their Thanksgiving Turkeys
With a history going back to the Middle Ages, and traditionally served as an accompaniment to fowl of all kinds — chicken, turkey, and game birds — bread sauce is to a British Christmas dinner what a green bean casserole is to an American Thanksgiving.
Nov 10, 2017