Chocolate, raspberry and French pastry pudding ready for the oven

Necessity is not simply the po-faced, thrift-obsessed mother of invention. She’s also the saucily winking, good-time godmother of puddings. Many a cook has stood in his/her kitchen staring at a stale loaf of bread or a black heap [...]

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Buttermilk buckwheat pancakes 2

I don’t know why I bought a bag of buckwheat flour. I’m sure, at the time, I was full of brilliant buckwheat-based ideas. I expect I was on the cusp of sparking a buckwheat revolution that would sweep the country and have everyone saying how glad they were I’d [...]

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A quire of paper

Looking for a way to impress the crowds on Shrove Tuesday? Then abandon those familiar, sturdy pancakes for a stack of sheet-thin crêpes made mostly from cream, butter and sherry. Next to impossible to turn or flip, but like eating buttery, boozy air when they work. Click

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Bay and lemon rice pudding

Spring either began on the 1st of March or it’s about to begin on the 20th-21st March. Whichever side of this fierce seasonal debate you fall on, it remains a fact that March is hammering on the windows, ripping through the hedges, trying to blow down our fence posts [...]

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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 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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Blackberry crumble

On August 16, 2009 By

Blackberry crumble

Can you go foraging for wild food in Peckham? The answer, surprisingly, is yes. At the moment the park and canal walk are heaving with blackberries and nobody seems to be picking them. So I put on my forager’s hat and picked nearly a kilo of plump, juicy [...]

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Flaming Pears

On July 22, 2009 By

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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