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Maple Syrup Lebkuchen…and my letter to Santa

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Dear Santa, It has been a quite a while since I last wrote – about 40 years to be exact, but hey, it’s the thought that counts. Except when it comes to presents, and then they should be just what … Continue reading

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Cumin and Potato Stottie, Vegetable Lecso- revenge of the root vegetables

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I am chided by my veg box. In a week when food poverty  and a growth in the consumption of processed foods is highlighted as on the increase, I am feeling guilty by the mound of vegetables I’ve failed to get through … Continue reading

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Sticky Bannoffee Puddings with Chai Ice Cream- homage to Delia, tribute to Grace

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Certain recipes are associated with a time, place or a person and that can sometimes transcend individual viewpoints and cross into national fame. Dolly Parton was once asked if she regretted the fact that Whitney Houston had taken “I will … Continue reading

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The Tattoo Sleeve of Pumpkin Pies- GBBO Episode 5

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You disrespect a national dish and you disrespect a whole nation. The ‘Cosa Nostra’ of cooking applies to US cooks and their pumpkin pie. You might find more who say they dislike it than those who genuinely claim it to … Continue reading

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Should Veggie Wellington Be Given The Boot?- GBBO episode 5

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If, like some reality TV judges, you appear to like your Wellingtons to be ‘cow-ed and bloody’ then this post may not be for you, since it describes the development of my veggie Wellington.  I can’t give you the full … Continue reading

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Have you tried a bit of rough puff yet?

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Ok well that will have brought all sorts of search engine nutters to this blog. My own fault I know, but really in tart week, what can you do but uphold the fine tradition of barely disguised (all right then… … Continue reading

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Stand Mixer or Electric Handwhisk for baking?

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Of course a serious baker needs both, but when you’re starting, a small electric hand whisk is just fine. That’s all I had for years and only when I had the space to leave a stand mixer out on the … Continue reading