Recipes over troubled water

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Salad Days
Salad Days
April 1, 2023

My generation grew up with the plate salad as we liked to call it. And we did like to call it – we called it boring, monotonous, “rabbit” food. Deftly arranged lettuce leaves (only one or two types), cucumber and tomato slices (not even wedges – too hefty), spring onions (more recently rebranded as salad or bunched onions) and a radish flower for fancy occasions when you had both iced water and time available. A slice of boiled ham, tongue, tinned salmon or a Kraft cheese triangle if you were really lucky. New potatoes and a dollop of salad cream (runny mayonnaise for the uninitiated).

My twelve days of Christmas
My twelve days of Christmas
January 28, 2023

Before Christmas is a distant memory I decided to do a round up of my highlights and tips for bringing joy into the world – a post advent calendar, if you like, since moments of high anticipation and glad tidings need not be confined to the festive season.

Tasty Lankyshire Curd Tarts
Tasty Lankyshire Curd Tarts
August 12, 2021

How to describe a curd tart? It’s not the egg custard tart of my childhood which screams pasty as in pallid and not pasty as in pic-nic, although my mum and her mother could make an excellent home-made egg custard freckled with grated nutmeg. Not forgetting that it isn’t nutmeg unless it has been lurking in the bottom of the baking drawer for a good few decades. Nor is it the Manchester Tart from school dinners with a dollop of jam on top of solid day-glo custard and a smattering of desiccated coconut, and certainly not the unctuous and ubiquitous Portuguese Tarts that grace delis, cafés and food shops.