Dessert

Honey-roasted figs with Greek yoghurt – sweet simplicity

Thumbnail image for Honey-roasted figs with Greek yoghurt – sweet simplicity October 10, 2011

  What is it with us humans?  We spend a considerable amount of time, money and energy over our lifetimes acquiring.  We acquire houses and cars that need maintenance and insurance and upkeep.  We acquire clothes and shoes and jewellery that need cleaning and care and storage.  We acquire books and CDs that take over […]

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Summer pudding

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  Summer.  Such an evocative word; a word about which countless poems and songs have been written.  Say it to yourself a few times – what associations does it bring up?  To me, summer will always mean the summers of my childhood.  Days when you would awake to the sound of cicadas and could smell […]

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Chocolate peanut butter chip brownies

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  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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Ruby grapefruit & Campari granita

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Do you ever catch sight of yourself reflected in a mirror or shop window and think: “Oh my word, I look exactly like my Aunty Betty!”, or words to that effect?  I don’t even have to look as far into the family tree as an aunty or a distant cousin:  I am the spitting image […]

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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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Passion fruit pavlova to celebrate CookSister’s 7th birthday

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    So… what can you do in seven years?  Depending on who and where you are, you can: build one million Audi A3 cars win the Tour de France 7 times (if you are Lance Armstrong) fight a war have bad luck (if you break a mirror) develop an itch Or alternatively you can write 1,000 […]

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Spiced plum semifreddo

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  SAD.  No, we’re not talking about my mood – I mean seasonal affective disorder, a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms symptoms in the winter (or, indeed, any particular season), repeatedly, year after year.  When my mom first read about it in the 1980s, she had […]

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