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Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Pickled Shallot Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Pickled Shallot Salad

Since returning home from Chateau de Gudanes in the south of France I’ve been dreaming about, and missing, the intensely flavoured and perfumed fruit of the area.

The heirloom tomatoes were extraordinary. I’ve never tasted anything quite like them, and the stone fruit, every bite a joy. It was produce at its best, seasonal, ready to be enjoyed without elaborate preparation, or presentation.

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Autumn Plum and Walnut Cake, and a Bowl of Gorgeous Poached Plums

Autumn Plum and Walnut Cake, and a Bowl of Gorgeous Poached Plums

I don’t know about you, but I love plums. A bowl on the kitchen bench glistening in the morning light; the autumn colours reminiscent of precious gems. They are delicious as they are, or so versatile to cook with. Every year, at the end of their season, I make what seems like a bucket of plum jam – it’s become a bit of a ritual for me. I feel like I’m preserving a little jar of sunshine to see us through the winter.

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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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Twice Tomato Tart

Twice Tomato Tart

It’s summer, and that means tomatoes. So when I was at my farmers market last week it came as no surprise there were lots on display. I was particularly attracted to a pile of tiny Roma tomatoes - the colour was incredible! When they’re this small they roast perfectly as they’re not too fleshy, so I thought maybe I would make a tart: something slightly organic, with a little spice.

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