Baking (sweet)

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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Charred clementine and rum individual upside-down cakes

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And here we are again – the fnal blog post of another year. In 2011 my final post was a visual toast to my readers. In 2010 my final post was a recipe for shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta & pine nuts In 2009 my final post was a Christmas message (gulp – a whole week […]

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Chocolate chestnut fondant – a decadent Christmas dessert

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The other day, a friend and fellow-blogger asked an open question of his readers:  do you collect mementos when you travel, and if so, what?  If you’d aked me that question 15 years ago, the answer would have been a resounding “YES! How much time do you have?” At various times over my teenage and 20-something years, […]

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Spiced maple pear and oat muffins

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A few years after I had stopped lecturing, I bumped into an ex student of mine. We chatted for a while about what we were up to these days before he told me that I was one of the best lecturers he had ever had. But as my chest swelled with pride, he instantly burst my bubble by saying that the one thing he will never forget about my classes was not understanding how human rights work; or how to form a contract – but “the joke about the pear”.

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Mirabelle plum and Cognac clafoutis

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Pop quiz, ladies and gentlemen: Who can tell me what the following list of items have in common: Xiri, Catawba, Manx, Coeur d’Alene, Gamilaraay, Chamacoco, Faetar, and Occitan? If you said they were the names of all Brangelina’s children in order of age, you’d be… pretty amusing but… WRONG. But if you said that they are all endangered languages you’d be 100% correct.

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Orange and pine-nut cookies

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  I am a great lover of jokes.  Give me an audience and a platform and the first words out of my mouth are far more likely to be a joke than any other possible opening gambit. (I once told a joke that involved improper relations with a pig to 100 people at a plenary […]

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Self-saucing chocolate cherry puddings

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So – who can tell me what a Trojan horse is?  This is one of those questions that shows your age, I’m afraid.  If you are of a certain age (ahem!) you will tell me about how the Greeks besieged the city of Troy but despite their efforts, nothing seemed to be able to break […]

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