apples

Mustard-crusted pork chops with caramelised apple rings

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“Comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love” No, not from a Shakespeare sonnet but, surprisingly, from the Bible (Song of Solomon 2:5, to  be exact) – a book more filled with food and drink references than you’d think.  It’s a very evocative phrase, and one of great beauty – so much so that […]

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Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy

Thumbnail image for Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy November 29, 2012

  Who can tell me what the following sentence’s claim to fame might be?  “The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.”  Points if you said that it provides a an example of sibilance – and bonus points if you pointed out that it is onomatopoeic.  But its true claim to fame […]

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Rotkohl (braised red cabbage with apples)

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  “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings…”  So wrote Lewis Carroll in The Walrus and the Carpenter, one of the very few poems in which the humble cabbage gets a mention.  Can anybody actually think of another notable cabbage […]

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Easy apple pecan cobbler recipe

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When I was at school and just starting to learn Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem If, my mom told me a story that tickled me pink and that I think of to this day every time I see Kipling’s name.  It went like this: He:  “Do you like Kipling, my dear?” She:  I don’t know, you […]

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Spiced pear, apple & pistachio crisp for a snowy day

February 5, 2009

I supposed you’ve all seen the comedy news items by now:  “London paralysed by a foot of snow!”  Or the report that the Government’s high-tech plan to ensure that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and visiting dignitaries did not slip and break their necks on ice outside no. 10 Downing Street consisted of, umm, a man with a […]

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Spicy green tomato and apple chutney – move over, Mrs Ball!

November 23, 2008

I like to believe that things happen for a reason. The reason is sometimes frustratingly not apparent at the time when things are happening, but if you wait long enough, nine times out of ten the reason becomes apparent later. If things had gone according to plan, I would have planted my Moneymaker tomatoes, lovingly […]

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