I think this is a first. A recipe for chocolate cake with shiny chocolate icing from the learned presenter of Radio 4's A Point of View. We asked Lisa to write this out for us and she did so between appearances on various news programmes at TV Centre. Here's the hand-written version and here's a PDF. I think I can only say: 'enjoy.'

    Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

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    • Comment number 8. Posted by jm

      on 23 Nov 2010 15:34

      Although it makes my mouth water, I'm on a weight control diet. Anyway, somebody try it and share with us please!

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    • Comment number 7. Posted by MCGEARDOC

      on 2 Oct 2010 20:46

      You had mentioned in the broadcast a paper from the University of Westminster on thrift - would you be able to post the reference?

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    • Comment number 6. Posted by MacMaddy

      on 28 Sept 2010 22:42

      Thank you. I so enjoyed this podcast and it took me back to similar experiences with my own mother's baking and frugality.

      Obviously I wasn't paying quite enough attention to the last 30 seconds of the broadcast because I could have sworn you were going to give us the recipe with the gallon of Maple Syrup - or maybe just half a teaspoon.

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    • Comment number 5. Posted by newlach

      on 26 Sept 2010 18:34

      I got up and went to my cookie jar three times during this programme! That cake, triple-layered chocolate with a shiny chocolate covering, would contribute to my well-being.

      In the first part of the letter Lisa Jardine referred to research that appeared to show that the feeling we experience in the brain when we get something at a bargain price is similar to what we experience during hanky-panky - what about chocolate!!!

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    • Comment number 4. Posted by elcej

      on 26 Sept 2010 11:56

      What is the point of "A point of view".

      It was excellent back in the days of Clive James.

      but now.... Why do we have to listen to Lisa Jardine telling us how marvellous she is.

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    • Comment number 3. Posted by Steve Bowbrick

      on 26 Sept 2010 08:55

      I wish I could oblige, yawninggal01! Try baking this recipe and come back and tell us how it goes!

      Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

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    • Comment number 2. Posted by Wordsmith

      on 26 Sept 2010 08:35

      And the photos? What is that frilly icing with the strawbies in the middle? And the other one? Full instructions, please!

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    • Comment number 1. Posted by adrianrp23

      on 26 Sept 2010 08:19

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