The first time I tried amaretto I was in a wines and spirits aisle in Tesco and it was Christmas. A woman with curling brown hair and pink cheeks had set up a little tasting stand at the end of the aisle. She’d lined up rows of plastic shot glasses filled […]

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Do you know how to order a Sambey Jagey? You stand at the bar, leaning at a 45° angle – ideally forwards, but often backwards. You point your index finger towards the heavens (left or right, whichever you prefer) and revolve it slowly, painting circles in the sky. When the barman comes […]

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It snowed a little last night. Not a lot. Just enough to edge the roofs and walls with white, and puddle in ashy heaps in garden corners. By mid-morning it was all gone. The grey wool sky stayed dry and what sun made it through the clouds melted the snow. A cold, unmagical day that […]

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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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Pink cake

On Friday evening I sidled into a basement bar in Farringdon. My hat was low, my collar high, my demeanour shifty and in my hand I had a folded reusable shopping bag that I was prepared to use. I was there to meet my dealer. My rhubarb dealer.

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Rhubarb, almond and polenta raybake

Calling all gluten-free bakers. Take yourself over to Aol Lifestyle right now because there is a gluten-free traybake recipe there than I am absolutely certain you will want to make. 100% sure.

Made with that magic combination of ground almonds and polenta and […]

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  Rhubarb tarte Tatin

There’s blossom on the trees, daffodils and crocuses in the lawn and birds are stealing things to ornament their nests and attract a mate. It’s time to celebrate spring and what better way than with a rhubarb tarte Tatin? Well, arguably there are many better […]

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Granola with poached forced rhubarb

Last Sunday I had people round for brunch. It’s a modern, trendy thing to do. I think. Keeping
up with the kids is quite hard these days, especially since my bad back manifested itself and I went a bit deaf.

Anyway, I have gained the […]

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  Cheese blintzes

Pancake Day, the perfect day to get down with your Eastern European Jewish side and make some cheese blintzes. Don’t believe me? Then take yourself over to Aol lifestyle where I’ve posted a recipe for these delicate Polish pancakes stuffed full of sweet cheese. […]

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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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