Two things I learned on a three day hotel photography shoot at the sumptuously elegant, Sharrow Bay in the autumnal splendour of the Lake District: I was staying at the first ‘country house hotel’ and, even more importantly, I was in the birthplace of Sticky Toffee Pudding. This oozy, datey confection was invented by the hotel’s founder, Francis Coulson. Well, it would have been rude not to at least try the dish during the food photography session in which inventive plates come thick and fast from the kitchens each dressed to the nines for their close-up. But then I remembered! I’ve gone vegan! Fortunately (for her), my assistant gamely stepped in promptly losing interest in the delicate placing of a glass or the micro-movement of the butter knife, and scoffed the lot declaring it, ‘a very good invention indeed.’ Unfortunately, I’ll have to take her word for it….