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The Perfect Family Christmas Cake

Stir up, we beseech thee, the pudding in the pot and when we get home we’ll eat the lot! Here we are nearing the end of November and believe it or not, Stir it up Sunday is almost upon us. Christmas is a dream for a food history fanatic like me, offering a wealth of … Continue reading The Perfect Family Christmas Cake

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Rosehip syrup and honey

First published Oct 2015 Autumn is the perfect season for foraging as the hedgerows burst forth with elder, bramble and sloes. Among these sit an often forgotten bounty of ruby-red wild rose hips, once a very popular crop for those seeking winter nutrition. This member of the Rosaceae family is a relative of apples, quince … Continue reading Rosehip syrup and honey

To eat or not to eat…

First published Feb 2015 Like many of us, my relationship with food has fluctuated over my lifetime. After a struggle with breastfeeding I was, so I am reliably informed, fed with carnation milk. My toddler self was extremely fussy but this thankfully morphed in to a constant hunger and willingness to eat anything once. Growing … Continue reading To eat or not to eat…

Leek, broad bean and dill soup

First published September 2015 in York Food Festival magazine One of the things that I love about autumn and winter are the endless opportunities for nourishing, warming soup. Dried pulses, root vegetables and alliums are readily available and seem to exist purely for this ages old form of cookery. It is the cooking pots of … Continue reading Leek, broad bean and dill soup

An apple dish fit for a king

I love finding ancient recipes and trying to cook them at home. Living in York certainly means that I can find plenty of historic inspiration right on my doorstep. As a small nod to local royal celebrity Richard III - and in celebration of Bramley Apple week - I thought I would share one of … Continue reading An apple dish fit for a king