Nothing finer than a chicken on a ramble

Much of the UK has passed me by. Or, more accurately, I’ve passed a lot it by. There are a few tourist hotspots I’ve idled in for a week or two, but great swathes of the country are a mystery [...]

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Come one, come all to my cheese and gin party

In the basement of Beefeater’s south London distillery, a semi-circle of barrels are laid with glasses. There are water glasses, of course. This is a gin tasting and we must all keep our heads somehow. And there are [...]

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Hello sunshine

A custard tart is a noble thing. A silken puddle of sunshine in a pastry case. Justin Gellatly, creator of St John’s revered custard doughnuts and now baker of delicious things in his own pastry palace, Bread Ahead, has a [...]

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Literal comfort food

Once upon a time, a chicken pie healed my broken heart. It was in the middle of winter. The bleakest part of the year, when the long nights are tied up with tinsel. Like any sensible grown-up who’s watched their life leap enthusiastically off the rails and crash to [...]

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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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