Mince Pies with Hazelnut Frangipane

I’m not going to mention the C-word. I’d quite like the leisure to enjoy autumn before getting into all that winter malarkey, but scarily there are only 12 weeks to go. As I keep seeing pictures on social media of shop-bought mince pies I thought it might be a good time to share this recipe.

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Emergency Chicken

Pic: Catherine Grassin Hart

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I’m finally getting my long-promised cookery school off the ground, hurrah! Planning the courses is enormously satisfying. So is testing them on my long-suffering friends and guinea pigs (see left: I’m not telling you what we were laughing about).

Writing legal requirements like terms and conditions and privacy and cookies policies is less exhilarating. They’re now in the hands of a solicitor for what he rather hilariously and all too aptly calls a sanity check.

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Sue’s Honey and Fig Cheesecake

Anyone who loves cookware will probably already be aware of Netherton Foundry. Even if the name isn’t familiar, UK readers will almost certainly have seen their pans featured in food shoots, most recently Nigel Slater’s devilled crab recipe in The Observer Magazine. Continue reading

Gammon with Pineapple Salsa

Autumn is nearly upon us and it’s been so unsettled it took the farmer nearly a fortnight to harvest the wheat field at the bottom of our garden. Nonetheless I’m clinging to the end of summer and the hope of more sunshine between the downpours.

If the weather is hot and you don’t want to stand over the stove for too long, or if you’re like me and just can’t face reality, this recipe is perfect. It’s lively with sweet/sour/salt/hot flavours and requires the minimum of cooking. Continue reading

North Norfolk

It’s funny what you take on holiday. I packed less for a month in India a few decades ago than I did for last week’s break in north Norfolk. Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it was because we were taking a car and had no luggage restrictions. Continue reading

Glazed Beetroot Salad and Beet Leaf Frittata

Him Outdoors has been growing a mixture of red, yellow and stripey beetroot and for once I managed to dig them up while they were still tiny. They had heroic quantities of fresh, unblemished leaves and I hate waste, so I doubled up on the beetroot to use both tops and roots. Continue reading