Have you heard about The Black Farmer?

Once upon time, a long long time ago, in ancient times in fact (okay it was 1983) I decided i was going to become a vegetarian.  I am sure my mum did that eye rolling thing that all parents do when their delightful offspring announce something that means they have to start cooking two different

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Dinner parties with La Belle Assiette

I am not a great cook.  But then nor do I pretend to be, you won’t find me bragging about something I have just created whilst all my guests look at me with a face that says “is she looking at a different plate of food?”.    I have various gadgets that help me create

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Warm gin and ginger cake

Did you know that gin used to be served with ginger cake?  Well I can assure you it did, and if you haven’t tried it then you really are missing a trick.  It is the perfect combination for a warm evening warmer. To encourage you to try them both I thought I would share a

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So the Roux brothers have banned photographing their food

  <massive eye roll> I mean, seriously boys? For those that don’t know there was an article in The Evening Standard this week that quotes Michel Roux I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door saying ‘No photos, please’. I mean, what are they doing? Maybe

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Saturday baking

I tried a bit of an experiment this weekend, Saturday baking- we were taking pud to a friends’ house and I decided to bake a cake to take round, rather than buying something.   Which is brave as my kitchen disasters are pretty regular and by doing this I was leaving myself no time to then

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Toasted Marshmallow Day

Toasted Marshmallow day is Wednesday 30th August.  You would be forgiven for not knowing this of course since it is one of those “National Days” made up by an organisation with a vested interest:  in this case The National Confectioners Association.  Whoever they are. It used to be that toasting marshmallows was the preserve of

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Is Reducetarian the new balanced diet?

For the past twelve days I have been vegan.  Well that’s not technically true.  I have been 98% vegan, except for the duck breast I had on a salad one evening and the wagyu burger I had last night I have avoided all animal products for almost a fortnight. As a committed meat eater this

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