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Roll up! For Pancakes!!

Pancakes with Coconut and Jaggery

Topping or fillings for pancakes using freshly grated coconut is usually a weekend treat.  The coconut is sweetened with sugar or jaggery or sweet and juicy enough as they are.  Pancakes are served in this fashion In South East Asia. I had the most delicious pancakes in Malaysia some years ago.  They were flavoured and…

Cashew nuts, chopped

Love Cake

Love Cake I am obsessed with this cake, its rich, multi textured and made for special occasions.  Every time I go to Sri Lanka, I buy this cake in bulk and then freeze it when I bring it back to London.  There are so many variations on how to make this cake that it’s taken…

Tea and Tea Bread!  Never too much Tea

Honey Cinnamon and Black Tea Bread

The honey is from Kazakhstan, given to my sister from a friend who had gone there on a hiking holiday.  The honey is thick, lush and has a slight nutty taste and ideal for this recipe.   The honey stands up very well to the strong black Ceylon tea. Ingredients 115g white spelt white flour 115g…

Spice it Up!

Tea Spice Rub

Black tea as a base for a spice rub for fish or vegetables is surprisingly versatile.  It’s ideal for grilling or on the barbecue.  The fish needs to be firm like cod or king fish.  Root vegetables are also idle for coating  I have used a High Grown Ceylon black tea for this recipe because…

Malt Loaf with Dates and Raisins and Black Tea with Cheese, Quince and Oolong Tea

Malt Loaf with left-over Dried Fruits and Black Tea

There is so much left over after Christmas, little bags of dried fruits from the Christmas cake and loads of cheese.  The cheese is an accompaniment not an ingredient!  I have adapted this recipe from Anna Jones’ The Morden Cooks’ Year to use up the left overs. Makes 12 mini loaves or 1 large loaf…

Smoking Salmon

Tea Smoked Salmon

Earl Grey tea is flavoured with bergamot and so I thought smoking with it would give it a natural citrus infusion.  I smoked it in my oven, you will need to have your extractors switched on and are aware of smoke alarms.  Unlike me and you find out the rather ‘loud’ way! Salmon cooks quickly…

Warm Rasa Valli Pudding with Coconut Flakes

The Lightness of Yam

One of my absolute favourite sweet dishes from Sri Lanka where it’s served as a dessert or as a snack.  The vivid violet of the inside of the yam and deep purple of the skin is in itself enticing.  Perception of yams is one of being stodgy and solid, but made the way described below…

Soft, Crunchy and Gooey

Around the World in Custards

There are some foods and drinks that weave through cultures and continents  For example tea in all its glorious fluidity or the limitless variations of alcohol; summer and winter salads that celebrate the lightness and warmth of the seasons; our daily bread, stews and pies and tarts- all can be found across the globe.  A…

With a drizzle of fresh cream...

Plum Jobs

When the price of plums at farmers markets, local shops, the online organic shops, comes down quickly and rather sharply you know it is glut season.  If like me you pick and buy too many and then generous friends offer tasty bounty from their allotments and gardens- what should you do? I’ve already done all…

Apple Picking

Picking Season…Endlessly so…

The end of summer holidays is rounded with what’s now become a tradition (well, for the last two years) of a visit to the local pick-your-own farm.  This time the nephew and niece had friends along, peanut-sized friends but a great help with the low hanging fruits. We hauled back home the first of the…