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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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Lavender Ice Cream with Honey Madeleines

Those who know me already realise that I am obsessed with those delicious little pillows of joy called Madeleines. Having tried many recipes over the years I always come back to the same one, Stephanie Alexander’s recipe of honey madeleines in her wonderful book The Cooks Companion.  These need no accompaniment but should you wish to over indulge they do go splendidly with Lavender ice cream, another recipe inspired by Stephanie Alexander.

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Russian Easter 2013

Russian Easter is the most important religious celebration in the Russian calendar, more important even than Christmas, and as such is accompanied by a table groaning with wonderful traditional Russian dishes. Not just a feast for the tummy but a feast for the eyes as well.

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