Category Archives: food & drink

A peach schnapps

I made it two years ago when I was going through a serious cooking phase. I no longer have the recipe as it was from Diana Henry’s Salt Sugar Smoke which I’d borrowed from the library. An excellent book devoted … Continue reading

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Julie & Julia

I forgot how much I liked this film, having caught it when it was on fairly late last night. Based on the blog of a true story – a young American woman – Julie Powell, who lives in the outer … Continue reading

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Festive baking – sausage rolls & mince pies

So today I baked. Sausage rolls and (mini) mince pies. I made the sausage-meat mix using best-quality pork sausages, a chopped spring onion, some garlic, a bit more onion – and a handful of chopped parsley and a scant pinch … Continue reading

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Home-made pizza

Dough has rye flour in it and came out nice and crispy (recipe had stated strong wholemeal flour – but I don’t have any of that in so used rye). Topping was a puttanesca sauce (olives, garlic, capers, anchovies) – … Continue reading

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I call it ‘Jam and Jerusalem’

So I made a quince and star anise jelly, having picked up some quinces whilst ‘in the sticks’ last weekend. I wouldn’t know where to buy such things in London (for a price, I’m sure they’re available) – but out … Continue reading

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Preserving in an age of austerity – redux

‘Blood sweat & tears’ is one phrase for it. Pickling 2kg of onions is no easy task. Takes ages (and yes, they’d had the boiling water treatment to help remove the outer skins). The pickling mix is from Preserves: River … Continue reading

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