24 February 09

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Quince Brule Tarts

Quinces were introduced to Britain during the late 16th century from the Mediterranean. It made its appearance at the end of a large banquet, as it  helped with the digestion and kept the diners regular. Well that is a bit of history and it makes me giggle.

I have far more fond memories of this perfumed and fragrant fruit ,as my grandmother use to poach and bottle the quinces for the winter months. My grandmother had a huge cool larder ,with floor to ceiling cupboards with glass doors. I remember seeing these light pink fruits sitting in their sweet syrup and Grandmother would open a jar or two after Sunday lunch.She would serve them warm with thick sweet custard. I use to rub the soft poached quince against the roof of my mouth with my tongue, as I liked the unique grainy texture with the fragrant perfumed aroma.

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23 February 09

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Banana and Date Loaf

Inhale a deep breath of air; the aroma of freshly baked Banana and Date Loaf caresses your nose and all your senses. My mouth starts to water and the memories come flooding back as if it was yesterday. I have wonderful memories of my mother baking this Banana and Date loaf. I always speculated that she secretly detested cooking for us but she loved baking. It offered her a sense of therapy and an opportunity to escape the day-to-day grind. We never let the loaf go to waste as we where like vultures waiting for it to come out of the oven. While it was still hot we would start to slice it and enjoy this incredibly delicious and fragrant creation. I normally ended up with a sore tummy; mum did say do not eat warm cake, but I never listened.

Today I did it again, started gorging on the

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22 February 09

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The Celebration of the Pigs Cheeks

Ever thought of eating pigs cheeks? If the thought ‘oh no not for me’  enters your mind then I advise you to think again. Once we cooked this dish, Ross’s comments were ‘if I ever to find this recipe on a pub menu I will be the happiest punter in the world.’ This dish is lip smacking delicious, the rich stickiness of the natural gelatine in the cheeks makes the sauce sticky and almost gluey in texture. I love the solid lumps of meat with no bones or tough sinew, they are an almighty brilliant find.

Bath chaps is a perfect example of British regional cookery which disappeared when eating the whole pig fell out of fashion. Many chefs, butchers and food fanatics are working very hard to bring all these past delicacies back to our table. I feel that one should not necessarily have to go to a restaurant

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21 February 09

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Funky Bircher Muesli

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Oats and whole grains are perfect as they release energy slowly. The attraction for this recipe is that there is no added sugar as the fresh and dried fruits supply natural sweetness and the nuts and seeds give it a lovely bite. We are so used to eating refined foods that we hardly chew our food properly, this recipe will ensure that you chew each mouthful more than once. This funky Bircher muesli recipe is ideal for when you would like to show off or just want to make breakfast fun.

I add  fun to breakfast with the Mango and Blackcurrant Espuma; using an old fashioned cream gun you can create dairy free foam that is easy, fun and funky. By adding air into the fruit puree it will not only double the volume but it will also expand the flavour,

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