Recipes – fruit

Persimmon and cranberry crisp – and a workshop!

Thumbnail image for Persimmon and cranberry crisp – and a workshop! November 21, 2012

  He raises both hands to touch the cloth, asks, Which is this? This is persimmons, Father. Oh, the feel of the wolftail on the silk,    the strength, the tense precision in the wrist. I painted them hundreds of times eyes closed. These I painted blind. Some things never leave a person: scent of the hair […]

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Easy roasted glazed plums with ice cream

Thumbnail image for Easy roasted glazed plums with ice cream October 19, 2012

When I was a little girl, I often asked my mom why I had brown eyes when she had bright blue eyes. Surely if I was her daughter, I would also have the blue eyes that I so hankered after? She would always smile and patiently explain to me that things like the colour of your eyes or hair; or the shape of your hands and feet are things that you inherited from your parents, and that there was no way of telling which bit you’d get from which parent.

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Spiced maple pear and oat muffins

Thumbnail image for Spiced maple pear and oat muffins September 20, 2012

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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Whole baked gilt-head bream with Clemengold clementines and thyme butter

Thumbnail image for Whole baked gilt-head bream with Clemengold clementines and thyme butter September 13, 2012

When I was a kid, my parents had clearly not read the parenting book that advised parents to “give your kids some freedom and space to grow”. Oh no, instead they had opted for the book that said “be very careful, absolutely EVERYTHING poses a potential danger to your offspring!”.

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Mirabelle plum & cardamom fool – and my thoughts on the Olympics

Thumbnail image for Mirabelle plum & cardamom fool – and my thoughts on the Olympics August 16, 2012

And so after all the highs, lows, drama, medals and excitement of the past two weeks, the London 2012 Summer Olympics finally drew to a close on Sunday night with a much debated but (in my opinion) dazzling closing ceremony and a huge party.  Monday morning we all felt a little dazed I think, but […]

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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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Apricot and pistachio galette

Thumbnail image for Apricot and pistachio galette July 18, 2011

  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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