There’s something very satisfying about baking a madeira cake ( I use Nigella’s recipe). It’s literally easy peasy lemon squeezy (since it contains lemon juice and zest) but for some reason the fact that it’s so old-fashioned and traditional pleases me greatly.
I discovered some time ago that it is so named not because it comes from the island of Madeira, but because it is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of madeira wine (one of my favourite drinks in all the world). Unfortunately we didn’t have any madeira in the house yesterday, so had to make do with a glass of sherry. How matronly and respectable I have become.