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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Wild garlic and almond pesto

Just before Easter I set out on a country walk with friends to find wild garlic. I knew it was growing out there somewhere and if I foraged hard enough I’d find my treasure trove of ramsons. After a few false starts (lily of the valley is determined [...]

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Rhubarb and star anise jam

After the gin – and there has been a lot of gin recently – the crumpets. These are topped with butter (obviously) and rhubarb and star anise jam. It’s my brief attempt to trap the flavour of early spring in sugar and jar it.

I made the jam [...]

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Lavender syrup

On August 17, 2010 By

Lavender syrup

A spoonful of lavender syrup in a glass topped up with chilled white wine, drunk while looking out of a rain spattered window; this is what summer in Britain is all about. So while I pull a tartan rug over my knees and consider putting the central heating [...]

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Real mincemeat with beef

On December 14, 2009 By

Real mincemeat with beef

Because I have no mercy on my guests, people who come to our house’s Christmas party next weekend will be subjected to mince pies made with beef mincemeat. Reactions to my plans have ranged from: ‘Ooooh, interesting,’ to ‘But there will be real mince pies, won’t [...]

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Beetroot and apple chutney

A tsunami of cheese and meat is just 22 days away. Less if you’ve already started going to Christmas parties and eating bits of goats’ cheese on toast, mini Yorkshire puds stuffed with beef and all the other tiny party tidbits that conspire to make your [...]

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Apple and lemon mincemeat

How smug am I? Not only have I made my Christmas cakes and wrapped them in paper and foil and a regular drizzle of booze, I’ve made my mincemeat, too. Admittedly, in order to make the mincemeat I did have to finish up the last, large spoonfuls of last [...]

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Elderberry jam

On September 22, 2009 By

Elderberry jam on toast

Why is it every time I go foraging for something, it’s in the middle of a massive nettle patch and I’m wearing shorts? It’s late September, for God’s sake, and I’m in my 30s. Shorts should have been put away about 4 years ago.

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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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