Gooseberries in Pernot

This year we managed to save our small crop of gooseberries before they succumbed to caterpillars and thieving whippets, and enjoyed these plump little berries all by ourselves for a change.  The whippets have now turned their attention to the ripening apples that can be easily plucked from low hanging branches, redistributed and abandoned half-chewed,…

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Ma’s Signature Dish

My mother has written her maiden name, ‘Parkes’, on the inside cover.   Now I’ve told you this fact, I will have to kill you because it is one of those security questions.   It does, however, indicate that it would predate 1951 – the year she was married – and coincide with the time she spent…

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Delia and Ginger Beer

Other timely gems from the cuttings are several recipes extracted from the pages of the Evening Standard in the 197o’s written by a very fresh-faced Delia Smith as well as more colourful extracts from Sunday supplements, now brown and mottled with age, but at a time when tobacco companies were still taking full-paged, coloured  advertisements. …

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The Daily Crossword Puzzle

This precious book is dog-eared and obviously well used.   Some pages are mottled with the residue of faint splashes and oil stains.   The contents are contained between 2 – now battered – black cardboard covers, and bound together by a red canvas spine which hangs on by a precariously thin thread, yet it bulges with…

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Ma’s Recipe Book

I caught myself thinking about my Ma’s old recipe book the other day.  I have it tucked away in our bookshelves, and was prompted to take it off the shelf to have a closer look at it.  A wondrous ‘time capsule’ of a tome and it occurred to me that it is my mother’s equivalent…

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