Soaked marmalade loaf cake

Before Christmas I spent a long evening finely shredding lemon and lime peel to make a lot of jars of lemon and lime marmalade flavoured with a splash of gin. I didn’t quite get the recipe right – not enough pectin to deal with the gin […]

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Woolton pie

On February 25, 2010 By

Woolton pie

At The Imperial War Museum, The Ministry of Food exhibition is currently explaining how we didn’t just fight them on the beaches, but also on the hob, in the oven and queueing at the butchers. To tie in with the exhibition, the cafe has been […]

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Carrot and cardamom muffin

Carrots are the bane of my refrigerator. I buy them most weeks because I like carrots. I like them chopped into sticks to nibble on when I’m feeling ostentatiously healthy. I enjoy them roasted with potatoes and swede and honey. I eat them steamed, boiled and stir-fried. I like carrots.

But […]

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Lentils with spring greens

I’ve given up meat for Lent. After a fashion.

It would be truer to say that I’m avoiding meat for Lent, ducking into doorways, hiding behind newspapers and studiously staring at my shoes whenever a nice, juicy, bloody steak walks past, dribbling gravy in its wake.

It’s because I […]

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Cider pancakes with buttered apples

When I was 9 years old I ate 7 and a 1/2 pancakes on Pancake Day. Obviously, I was sick a few hours later, but in my own childish way I’d stayed true to the spirit of Shrove Tuesday. I’d gorged and feasted. I celebrated […]

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Medieval spiced beef stew

If there is one certain rule in cooking, it’s that you should never cook something new for a dinner party. Never put yourself through the stress, all the cook books and writers shrewdly advise. Stick to what you know. And this is good advice, but it […]

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Gin and lemongrass hot toddy

I have drunk all the whisky and still I have a cold. I wake up with mucussy snorts, snuffling in bedsheets damp from a night’s feverish sweats. I spend my days glowing with the fuzzy warmth that only a busy virus can generate. I go to […]

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Medieval rice pudding

If you’ve made and eaten your medieval Chicken in cumin sauce, you’re probably thinking to yourself: “That was a fairly filling plate of meat, bread and vegetables but what I need right now is a pudding so calorific it will sink me like an overburdened container ship.” Fortunately […]

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Chicken in cumin sauce

On February 9, 2010 By

Chicken in cumin sauce

As anyone who’s had the misfortune to walk through a town centre with me will confirm, I can’t resist a charity shop. I have to go in and inspect the cookery books, looking for original, interesting or just plain sticky, well-used tomes.

One of my latest buys (£2.50, thank […]

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Thatched lamb pie

On February 4, 2010 By

Thatched lamb pie

My fingers are cold, but wearing gloves indoors seriously restricts my ability to do anything other than polish glass with my mitteny hands. My feet are cold, but I can’t get more socks on. In fact, I don’t think I have any more socks. Just as the country’s thermometers hesitatingly […]

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