Brownie with stem ginger

Last week one of my colleagues bought some brownies into the office. She’d been to an event and they had given her a box as a thank you for coming. They were beautiful. Rich, gooey, barely baked chocolate cake laced with brandy and only just held […]

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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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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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Rhubarb and ginger cake

I’ve turned my gimlet glare towards the lonely tins and packets that haunt my kitchen cupboards again. The things I bought and then ignored, sometimes for years. Why have I been ignoring them? And, in the case of the tin of the rhubarb in […]

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Toasted oat biscuits

On January 28, 2010 By

Toasted oat biscuits

Continuing the theme of using up things from my cupboards, I turn my thrifty eye to the massive quantity of oats that has snuck its way into my kitchen. In fact, it’s not just oats that have bypassed the security system, I also have massive bagfuls of barley flakes, rye […]

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Pineapple and coconut upside down cake

This is my 100th post. Who would’ve thought the old girl had so many words in her? Not me. I thought it’d last 3 months before I gave up, but apparently I’m a shameless attention seeker. Thanks for bearing with me.

Because it’s an […]

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Mushroom and tarragon pies

Let’s time travel again, back to Christmas when I served up Meaty mince pies to my friends. Tentative interest turned into a battle for the last warm mince pie and there was general joy and rejoicing, apart from the vegetarians. They couldn’t join in. […]

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Mini lemon almond mince pies

And so I am at home, ensconced in the bosom of my family, considering the merits of Quality Street over Roses and waiting for my sherry glass to be refilled. But there is still time for one last mince pie recipe, especially as it’s […]

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Drop scones

On November 30, 2009 By

Drop scones

At the Gin & Crumpets homestead, Pa G&C is known for his breakfasts. It’s the meal he has most control over, as Ma G&C is medically unable to get up before she has eaten. She received strict instructions from her doctor when she was pregnant with me that […]

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Apple and mincemeat pie

On November 25, 2009 By

Apple and mincemeat pie

Yesterday I posted the fruitalicious Apple and lemon mincemeat recipe and an enormous jar of it is maturing in my utility room for this Christmas’ mince pie orgy. However, I only have the one enormous preserving jar and my urge to go to Peckham […]

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