Cherry Bircher muesli

Is there anything more pleasing that a discernibly healthy breakfast? The sort of breakfast that means you can eat whatever you want later on because The Good Work has already been done. Eating bircher muesli always makes me feel smug, and this recipe makes good use of [...]

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Proverbial bowl of cherries

On Saturday I went shopping at East Street Market for the first time in a few years. I used to shop there every week, buying scoops of fruit and veg for a pound a pound and stopping at the egg stall, fishmongers, [...]

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Aubergine and potato curry

Normally my lunches are leftovers or optimistic combinations of whatever I find in my fridge, cupboard and pasta bucket. But sometimes I just go to bed or wake up lazy (or both) and can’t be arsed to Tupperware up something nutritious. It makes me [...]

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Plate of meze

The turning of the year is marked, for me, by food events. An excess of chocolate and fruit buns at Easter, an upswing of apple pies and crumbles in autumn, a glut of mincemeat at Christmas. For the last four years the start of summer [...]

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Mustard glazed ham

‘At Alleyn’s suggestion they broached Dinah’s luncheon hamper, and he continued his examination of Mandrake’s notes in an atmosphere of ham and hard-boiled eggs’
Chapter 12, Death and the Dancing Footman

If you ask a clutch of crime fiction fans which of the four Queens of Crime – Agatha [...]

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Flaming Pears

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Pears on fire

The British seaside has many attractions. Piers, pebbly beaches, little trains that chug up and down the promenade at slower than walking pace, sticks of rock carved into humorous shapes. But for me, none of it beats poking around the town’s charity shops while wearing [...]

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Jerk chicken on the barbecue

After the wedding, the hangover. I knew action had to be taken quickly and efficiently, before my mind caught up with how my body felt. I also knew the Lambeth Country Show was on, which meant one thing: jerk chicken with rice [...]

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Chocolate wedding cake

A few days ago Housemate Number 3 asked me what my favourite type of cooking was. ‘Baking,’ was my immediate answer. And after baking? ‘Er, pastry.’ And after that? ‘Probably back to baking.’

My fondness for baking has meant that some of my [...]

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Sister Number One emails Merry Widows while drinking their fine wine

I was walking home on Friday – I know, how healthy am I? – when I walked past the Slow Food Marketon the South Bank, behind the Royal Festival Hall. I can’t resist a food market, and as [...]

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Mint Ice Cream

One of the most useless gadgets I own is an ice cream maker. For 364 days of the year, it sits in the Sports Cupboard (named after all the golf clubs, rugby balls, roller skates, tennis rackets, shuttlecocks and other bits of sports equipment purchased, used once and then abandoned [...]

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