Tea Pairing

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…

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Chocolate, Almond and Quince Tart

The quince preserve I made in late January is crying out to be let out to be enjoyed.  I had some left over chocolate pastry from the tea tasting event, and I wanted to make something to say thank you.  So, all I had to do was roll out the pastry for the tart base,…

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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…

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Cherry, Chocolate and Ginger Mini Bundts with Brandy Buttercream

I heard a podcast by Laura Jackson and Alice Levine speak about their book – Jackson and Levine, all about supper clubs and so I got the book.  A fantastic book, I love that they type up their menu on a typewriter!! I love typewriters; it reminds me of my grandfather who would type all…

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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…

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Chocolate, Almond Paste and Quince Tart

The quince preserve I made in late January is crying out to be let out to be enjoyed.  I had some left over chocolate pastry from the tea tasting event, and I wanted to make something to say thank you.  So, all I had to do was roll out the pastry for the tart base,…

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Elderflower Cordial

It’s that time of year when going for walks can be very useful.  Walks that include a bit of foraging of elderflowers for summer coolers, ice lollies and flavourings.  Best to make the cordial within 2 hours of picking the flowers. Ingredients 1kg sugar juice of two large lemons Zest of 2 large lemons 15-20…

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Christmas Cake – Part 2

The amount of brandy needs to be upped!!  The fruit mix over the few days it was ‘maturing’ needed to be feed more, so you will need 350ml of brandy. Ingredients 450g/1 lb sugar 450g/1  lb unsalted butter at room temperature 25 egg yolks 450g/1 lb semolina 60g/2 oz plai Method   Preheat the oven…

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Chow Chow Preserve

Chow-chow/chayote is from the gourd family.  The flesh of this vegetable is firm but it’s easy to peel, cut and deseed.  There isn’t much in the way of taste to this vegetable so takes in flavour very well.  However, it adds texture and mellowness to an otherwise rich cake. It’s available in Asian grocery shops.…

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Christmas Cake – My Mother’s Recipe

My mother is a natural cook.  She only ever used a written recipe when she baked and she used to bake a lot!! Like all natural-born cooks, she would adapt recipes and this one of those.  Her inspiration is from the Ceylon Daily News Cookery Book.  This daily newspaper publishes a weekly recipe which was…

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