This week it was my friend Naomi’s birthday. Naomi, along with Gemma, founded the Band of Bakers, a baking club that I erratically attend, normally with something terrible and childish squashed in a Tupperware tub. Like the tower of popcorn, M&Ms and pretzels that I […]

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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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I was inspired to make this ridiculously time consuming dinner for one after listening to Ruth Rogers on Desert Island Discs. That, and having six ripe tomatoes – fat as tennis balls, their skins cracking with juice – sitting in the fruit bowl waiting to be eaten.

On Desert […]

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Once I’ve finished spiralising potatoes, I’m going to use my Nutribullet to make pina coladas

I look at the spiraliser on my kitchen worktop and sometimes I wonder if it isn’t just another fondue set. A Breville toastie maker. A pasta machine. A gadget that seems like […]

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What, no tomatoes?

30 minute meals are things I don’t really believe in. Whenever a recipe says: ‘You’ll be eating dinner in less than 30 minutes!” I think: “No I won’t.” And, generally, I’m not. The recipes never take into account not knowing where your ovenproof dish is; […]

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Brains or cauliflower? Who can say

I occasionally think I should shut this blog down. I don’t have time to post that often. I feel guilty about not having time to post that often. So I make resolutions and fill myself with good intentions that I never stick […]

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Is there anything kale can’t improve?

It’s the sixth day of Christmas and all across the country millions of people are standing in front of their fridge and asking themselves the same question: “How long can we keep eating this food before we poison ourselves?”

Because there is nothing more […]

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Just a little bite to make sure it’s OK. I promise not to eat it all (I ate it all).

Are you watching the Great British Bake Off? Of course you are. Nigh on 8 million people are sat on their sofas every Wednesday, goggling at a tabernacle […]

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Little lemon, almond and polenta cakes

Urban Food Fortnight, that two week waltz through the community gardens of London is over and I am laid up in bed with the kind of cold that only hits when you stop working, have a sit down and let your immune […]

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There’s something smugly pleasing about turning an inedible lump of food waste that was destined for the bin into a slab of tasty sponge cake. Albeit, only smugly pleasing if I ignore the fact that I allowed some food to go rotten in my fridge in the first place. I gloss […]

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