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The glory of Spring and rhubarb gin

The glory of Spring and rhubarb gin

There is nothing like Spring sunshine and blossom on the trees to lift the spirits.  Spring foods like asparagus and Jersey royal potatoes are so delicious but to my mind, the most vibrant of all Spring foods growing in my garden, is rhubarb. Whilst in the cookery...

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The world’s most romantic food…..

The world’s most romantic food…..

So Valentines Day is upon us and this year our options for celebrating our somewhat reduced.  There will be no fancy restaurants, trips to the theatre or weekends in Paris.  Instead, we are gazing down the barrel of an M&S dine in deal, a takeaway from the local...

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In a bit of a stew…..

In a bit of a stew…..

The weather recently has been utterly miserable with cold, wet, unrelenting wind and rain.  Whereas in the past I might have just drawn the curtains and curled up inside, we now have a dog in the house who requires exercise and whatever the weather I can now be found...

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Ikea and Cinnamon Rolls

Ikea and Cinnamon Rolls

The shops are finally re-opening and what better way to celebrate the occasion than a visit the greatest Swedish invention in the world – IKEA!  I have not been struck with the desire to rush out and buy new clothes, my haircut is past redemption but the glorious...

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How to roast when its roasting

How to roast when its roasting

An Australian friend grew up in an incredibly Anglophile household, to the extent that each Christmas her mother would crank up the air conditioning to max power and they would sit around shivering in sweaters, fire crackling away in the hearth and tuck into the full...

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Tudor mice

Tudor mice

There is nothing more fascinating to me than finding out how different cultures’ foods are shaped by the society and environment of the time and vica versa.  I am enthralled reading about how a humble kitchen invention can revolutionise a particular cuisine or indeed...

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Beer-boiled fruit cake

Beer-boiled fruit cake

A tricky cake to name as the word ‘boiled’ never sounds that appetising.  In this instance however, the reality is definitely much more delicious than it sounds.  Rich, mixed fruit is simmered (aka boiled) with sugar, butter and beer to create a super plump, aromatic...

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Garlic trauma

Garlic trauma

Yesterday was officially a BAD day, as I discovered that my entire crop of garlic, mere weeks from harvesting, had got garlic rust. Whilst this fungus, which infects the leaves of the garlic plant, is totally harmless to humans it has the annoying effect of stopping...

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Food memories

Food memories

One of the best aspects of working for a cookery school is that I get to experiment in the kitchen!  Sometimes it is having an idea in the middle of the night and spending a happy afternoon playing around with ingredients in an attempt to make it work but other times...

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