Warm dill potato salad

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I didn’t know what a serious business potato salad was until I met my husband. He’s part German, so potato salad is a permanent fixture at barbecues and buffets, as well as on Christmas Eve when we celebrate German-style Christmas. His family version is made with mayo, spring onions, chopped boiled egg and peeled, boiled potatoes. Over the years I’ve generally stuck to that recipe, but as you may know by now, I can’t resist experimenting. This is where this recipe comes in! (more…)

Wild garlic naan

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I admit it, I’ve fallen for the wild garlic hype. Probably because like ingredients that are fleeting, it makes them seem a little bit more special or interesting. I’ve not yet bought my first punnet of strawberries or bunch of asparagus but I’m looking forward to this year’s first taste as I do each and every year. The same goes for wild garlic, and even more so as you have to go and hunt for it, well sometimes. (more…)

Review: Jamie’s Pizzeria, Cambridge

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Jamie Oliver’s never been one to shy away from an announcement, yet the pizzeria arm of his massive Jamie’s Italian empire appears to have arrived fairly quietly. It opened around a year ago, I think, and the entrance is tucked away behind the huge Jamie’s Italian building in the centre of the city. Perched at the top of the building, the smoky smell of the pizza oven whets your appetite as you climb the stairs. (more…)

Sweet potato, ginger and coconut soup

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I’d like to think we are now reaching the end of soup season, as the temperatures start to move into the teens, but in all likelihood we’ve still got another 6 weeks or so of soup eating to go. (more…)

Pistachio, almond & honey cakes

pistachio cakeI’ve been in a bit of baking rut recently, I think it is okay to admit this. I’ve made a strangely savoury batch of granola bars, and a stranger tray of baked oatmeal that was akin to an oaty omelette. There was a brownie failure which actually turned into some pretty good molten chocolate puddings, but not brownies. I did manage to pull off a tasty rhubarb cake for cake club last month, but it was a stressful experience!

Cupcakes, fairy cakes, buns, muffins or whatever you prefer to call them, are a good way to get your baking mojo back. They are quick to mix and speedy to bake, with less worrying about undercooked middles when you bake a large cake. (more…)

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