Dessert

Clementine and cranberry upside-down cake

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Regard the humble cranberry. Just like that plain Jane in your university history course who seemed to have nothing of any interest to share with the world, but who was actually a pole dancing rock climber in her spare time, the cranberry hides a multitude of facts and trivia beneath its rosy skin.  How many […]

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Spiced pears roasted in red wine from the 66 Square Feet cookbook

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How would you define a friend? Here’s what the dictionary says: A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. For most of human civilisation on this planet, such friends were (with rare exceptions) people […]

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White chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb

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  There are some dishes that most people, even those who do not consider themselves particularly gifted in the kitchen, are happy to make.  Things like pasta; a stir fry; sausages and mash; or a grilled cheese sandwich.  Then there are those dishes that people feel slightly nervous about cooking – often unfairly so – […]

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Strawberry carpaccio with smoked balsamic reduction and toasted pistachios

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When my brother and I were teenagers, we went through a phase (doesn’t everyone?) of wanting to start a band. I could play the piano; he could play the saxophone (well it was the 1980s – saxophones were de reigeur for all self-respecting bands); we could both write lyrics; and his friend Clinton Smith was willing to […]

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Easy peach, almond & ginger cobbler recipe

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I grow old … I grow old …  I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that […]

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Rose syrup poached fig & pomegranate pavlova recipe

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When I was about twelve, my mom had our bedrooms re-carpeted. I adored all the books of carpet samples that littered the house and spent hours poring over them, trying to imagine how each might look in my room.  In the end, I announced my choice:  a pale pink shag-pile carpet.  Luckily, my mother was […]

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Apple and sage tarte tatin

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Jeff Potter said that flavours are like notes on a piano: some join together far more harmoniously than others. Think about: tomato and basil. Beef and horseradish. Peas and mint. Bacon and eggs.  Apple and cinnamon. Strawberries and cream.  Chocolate and coffee. Flavour combinations that are so ingrained in our consciousness that we don’t even […]

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