Persimmon honey cake

What the hell do you do with a persimmon? I've been discovering exactly what over the last few weeks, as I realised that all the summer seasonal fruits have dwindled off the shelves, and left me with a few recognisables that have food miles well over the 300 mark, a bunch of weird things, or... Continue Reading →

Caramel chestnut pie

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. And I'm the mother of children who forget to buy flour when you send them down to the shop with family friends so you can whip up a nice little dessert for a hungry hoard while you're away on a weekend retreat. Blame iphones, blame music blaring... Continue Reading →

Pears poached in red wine

I love eating ripe pears straight out of the fruit bowl, but I always seem to miss the perfect eating window. They’re rock-hard and green for ages, and then it always seems that while I'm asleep, it's the time they become slightly soft, intensely fragrant, full of juice and ready to eat all the way... Continue Reading →

Fig frangipane pie

Lunch with Lou is never just lunch. It's like following a boulevard of tastes that always starts with Champagne, and meanders its way across the south of France, through Burgundy and the Tuscan hills, and often ends in a cafe in Rome. The path is always as liquid as it is solid, and I always... Continue Reading →

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