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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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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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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