Hot buttered buns. I make no jokes here

An abomination is occurring in my house every morning. An offence against nature and the natural order of things so terrible that I can’t stay silent any more. I have to stand up and raise my voice in protest. “No,” I cry. [...]

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Back off. This cake is all mine.

One of the best things I watched this year (and it will remain one of the best things I watch all year) was The Daughters of Jerusalem, one of the Father Brown mysteries brought to life in non-specific period [...]

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West country gin

The weather is normally a boon in the UK. It provides a useful conversational bridge between “hello” and “goodbye” and means we don’t have to turn up to parties drunk in order to come up with something interesting to say (although we do that any [...]

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The bacon and egg pie is under attack

Back in 2009, when it was all fields and forests around here, I posted a recipe for bacon and egg pie. It was a recipe I used to make every week when I worked in Greenwich market, selling cake and [...]

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Cauliflower cheese

On October 17, 2012 By

Cauliflower cheese is ready for its close up

A reason to be pleased about the change in seasons, apart from all the leaves that need kicking and the hot chocolate that needs drinking, is cheese sauce. Plain old butter, flour, milk and Cheddar cheese sauce. The sauce that, when I [...]

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Once Good Friday has been toasted and buttered, there’s the problem of Easter itself. You have two traditional cake choices: the chocolate Easter nest or the Simnel cake

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Slow cooked shepherd’s pie photographed by Stuart Ovenden

The dark arts of food styling are much whispered about. It’s often assumed that magazines deploy most of B&Q to get their meals looking as scrumptious as they do. The chicken is varnished, the lasagne is blow-torched and the steam [...]

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Sticky toffee pudding As well as writing for Aol Lifestyle while Gin and Crumpets was being rebuilt, I also graced the pages of lovefood with some recipes and a little bit of food history, too (I’m versatile like that). First was Sticky Toffee Pudding, which [...]

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Pink pickled onions

On November 13, 2011 By

Pink pickled onions

Hello Magazine isn’t usually my first stop for recipes, especially for something as rustic and proletarian as pickled onions. But, having decided that my house would benefit enormously from smelling like a used chip wrapper for a few days, I idly googled ‘pickled onions’ and this recipe for [...]

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Upside-down pear gingerbread

There’s no better way to beat the cold than with a British pudding. The kind of sweet thing that settles in your stomach like a punch to the guts and forces you to slide from your chair and lie underneath the dining room table as if you’re a [...]

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