Tea Pairing

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. They hauled back home the first of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Pear for One

When there is left over pastry from making a sweet tart, I am loath to throw the cut offs. The collection of cut-offs, bits and edges of pastry are brought together, I knead it into a rough ball, wrap in cling fling and store it in the fridge.  It will be used up quite quickly,…

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Delia Smith’s Chocolate Cupcake

I have found some really interesting books in charity shops’.  Recently I came across Delia Smith’s ‘Delia’s How to Cheat at Cooking’.  It looks like it’s never been opened. This recipe is adapted from there.  These cupcakes use frozen mashed potatoes. Delia suggests using Aunt Bessie’s, but I had some mashed potatoes left over and…

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