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3 Perfect Pastas

3 Perfect Pastas

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, not intentionally, as it’s been a busy year. I’m off next week overseas for about 7 weeks for business, so the family aren’t coming, and I’ve been slightly worried about how my husband is going to feed himself (opening a bottle of wine is not a problem). But when faced with a saucepan and the stove, he’s confused, and takeout is not an option in our family. We just don’t do it.

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Quicke’s Cheddar: Cloth-Bound In History

Quicke’s Cheddar: Cloth-Bound In History

Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Quicke’s in Devon: the makers of our favourite cheddar cheese. And, even better, were invited for a private tour of the Home Farm. For me it was like being a kid in the world’s best lolly shop.And inspired by their cheese I’ve included a recipe I developed after returning home.

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Honeyed Carrot Tart

Honeyed Carrot Tart

I came across a recipe a couple of years ago when I was browsing through Stephanie Alexander’s wonderful book The Cook’s Companion that intrigued me. It was for a carrot tart that she had adapted from an eighteenth century recipe of the English cook, Hannah Glasse.

I tried it, omitting the sugar, and found that it became neither savoury nor sweet, but oh so delicate and a joy to eat, each mouthful a discovery of beautifully balanced flavours. We ate it, not even bothering to sit at the table, but at the kitchen bench, greedily devouring each morsel. Joy.

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Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

“Shucked and boiled in water; sweet corn is edible and nutritious; but roasted in the husk at the hottest possible temperature in an oven for 40 minutes; shucked at the table, and buttered and salted, nothing else: ambrosia. No chef’s talent and ingenuity ever created a finer dish.” This is a quote from Rex Stout’s mythical detective Nero Wolf (Murder is Corny).

Even though I didn’t cook my corn like that, I just loved his impassioned delivery. Instead I barbecued it in its husk, and let me tell you the flavour was incredible, the lime – chilli butter complementing the smokiness of the corn perfectly.

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Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Fresh blueberries are so good, with such a unique flavour, that even though sometimes tempted, I really don’t like to put anything in this pie that would take away from their flavour. So, my blueberry pie, never a tart, is just blueberries, with a little sugar, some flour for thickening the juices, and a bit of butter for lusciousness.

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Orecchiette con Gamberi

I won’t bore you with how lovely this pasta is, and how easy it is to prepare; all I can say is, if you have a supply of my tomato sauce; which doesn’t take long to prepare, in your freezer: from start to finish this recipe will only take about 30 minutes.

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