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Chinese pancake- Jianbing

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Around Pancake Day it was suggested to me that I make Jainbing, a pancake made and served on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. A large galette style pancake it.. Read More

Pressure cooking in minutes

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Cooking under pressure,  nothing could be further from the truth when you use a modern pressure cooker. It is a quick means of producing a delicious meal which could help.. Read More

Dark Afternoons

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When  I am confronted with dark afternoons and evenings coming earlier than I want them to, I get strong feelings of ennui. I can think back many years and recall.. Read More

Christmas cheer

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The delightful aroma of spices filling the kitchen, be it a Christmas cake cooking or spicy biscuits  tells us all that Christmas is on its way. The smell of chocolate.. Read More

Knowing what is in season

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We were sitting around the table exchanging funny stories, some slightly humiliating ones;  a shopkeeper having loudly denounced our ignorance to the whole shop, when asked for something clearly to.. Read More

Autumn gold

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It is wonderful to wake up to a sunny morning, even if it is getting colder by the day. The bright sunshine illuminates the  yellow and gold of the autumn.. Read More

Being Green

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A lot of of us are eschewing daily meals that revolve around meat and where once vegetables played a minor role. I could never be a complete vegetarian but at.. Read More

Allotment produce

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It’s fun having an allotment. Mine is a small parcel on an old 25 acre site in West London. It is a beautiful space filled with vegetable patches, old fruit.. Read More


Japanese Bakery in London

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Why are the Japanese such perfectionists when it comes to making French pastries ? Both my children learned Japanese at school  and one went on to SOAS to do his.. Read More

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Adapting recipes – Stuffed baby aubergines

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  Not a fan of adapting recipes, when a new cookbook has yet another version of bread and butter pudding I despair. Aren’t there any new recipes being invented? But.. Read More

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