Baking (sweet)

Nectarine & plum galette, and being remembered

Thumbnail image for Nectarine & plum galette, and being remembered October 18, 2011

  Have you ever had the experience of meeting somebody and within minutes of parting thinking “what an amazing person- I want to see them again”?  I don’t mean that heady feeling of a romantic connection with your heart all a-flutter and everything seen through rose-coloured spectacles – I mean in a totally non-romantic context.  […]

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Chocolate peanut butter chip brownies

Thumbnail image for Chocolate peanut butter chip brownies September 5, 2011

  I always wonder how people like emergency medical personnel or bomb disposal experts manage to do their jobs properly.  I mean, can you imagine trying to concentrate on the specific and difficult job you were trained to do, while all around you there is chaos, noise, and people calling out and generally distracting you?  I […]

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Apricot and pistachio galette

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  Overheard at the recent Plate to Page workshop in Weimar: Jamie:  ”What do eating and sex have in common?  They are two of the only human activities that engage all five of the senses:  touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing.” Jeanne:  ”And the advantage that eating has over sex is that you don’t get […]

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Spiced chocolate orange cake: decadently gluten-free

Thumbnail image for Spiced chocolate orange cake: decadently gluten-free January 19, 2011

  I check my watch – plenty of time before the guests get here – and permit myself a little hint of a smile:  my ability to juggle all my many and varied commitments is a constant source of pride to me.  I pass the mirror-shiny eye-level oven and pause briefly to smooth my cerise cashmere cardigan […]

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Blueberry muffins – superfood never tasted so good!

April 27, 2009

Superfoods. If you believe the press and the marketing machine, these are everywhere.  Except here.  Goji berries from China.  Acai from South America.  Wheatgrass from the USA. Noni fruit from Tahiti.  Blue-green algae from, erm, the sea.  Of course, being so exotic, these superfoods don’t come cheap.  But hey – you can’t put a price on […]

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Chocolate, blackberry and almond torte

October 22, 2008

It seems fitting that, while in the city which was first introduced to me by Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, I tried to live by the advice he gives us in the film: “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and take look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Instead of diligently […]

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Peach and cardamom clafoutis

April 25, 2008

Food blog events – bless ‘em!  Pick a weird acronym and I can almost guarantee it has already been used in the wonderful world of food blogs – IMBB, SHF, WTSIM, EOMEOTE, WHB, HHDD, DMBLGIT, WBW…  need I continue?? And they’re all designed to make you cook out of your comfort zone:  make puff pastry!  […]

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