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Chocolate Fig Pudding Cake

Just a very quick recipe for a lovely seasonal dessert that’s as showy and fancy looking as it is easy to throw together – it only takes ten minutes or so to prepare, and another 20 in the oven and then it can just be left waiting patiently in its tin till you’re ready to serve it, making it a brilliant stress-free dessert option for an impromptu gathering with friends or family. 540 more words

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Roasted Squash with Serrano Ham

It was a firm, fairly underripe cantaloupe that I cut into too early that first made me wonder if squash and melons could be related. The seeds, the colour and denseness of the flesh, the not-yet sweet smell…it suddenly all added up and I was amazed I’d never made the connection before. 626 more words

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Baked Apple Ice Cream

When I was growing up, baked apples were one of those last-minute emergency desserts in our household. They were never hugely fêted. They were usually made quickly as unexpected guests were ushered into the living room; a child nudged to follow with a jar of hurriedly found olives as my mum stood in the kitchen, lopping tops off cooking apples and spreading them with a mix of butter, brown sugar and raisins before firing them into the oven and joining the room. 798 more words

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Roasting Pan Butternut Squash & Prawn Curry

Just a quick post with an easy recipe for a delicious, rich, slightly honeyed Pakistani-style butternut squash and prawn curry that gets its fabulously aromatic full flavour mainly from being blasted with heat and ignored for the majority of its time in the oven. 525 more words

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Quick Trout Pot Pies

I tend to buy more fresh trout than salmon these days, as for the price of the entry level salmon fillets, you can usually get some beautiful Scottish or Irish trout instead, and you’ll be very glad you did – trout fillets have a lovely clean, rich flavour and, like salmon they’re as good roasted in the oven as they are cooked  919 more words

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Hedgerow Gin

Having passed wild plums, green almonds and knobbly crab apples on Hampstead Heath last weekend, I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across a dense grove of sloe bushes, heavy with beautifully vivid blue fruit. 1,649 more words

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Lapsang Souchong Poached Chicken

Ever since my days as a bookish, library-going teenager with a weakness for British big-house novels, lapsang souchong tea has been on my list of Important Grown-Up Flavours To Try. 725 more words

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