Category Archives: Vegetarian Recipes

Creme Egg Brownies

One of the downsides of teaching English as a foreign language is that everyone always thinks I get long holidays for summer, Easter and Christmas.  In the last two weeks I’ve been asked countless times:  “How long are you off … Continue reading

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Apricot & Marzipan Loaf

Mother’s Day is upon us once more, a time for great celebration.  This is a pre-gan cake, eggs and dairy included, so I won’t be making it again myself, but it’s a fancy one for a special occasion.  The marzipan … Continue reading

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Raspberry Romance Cupcakes

I lived through a few typhoons while I was in Hong Kong.  Or, more accurately, slept through them.  But even the famous T10s were not as scary as the storm in Manchester yesterday.  While I was at work the wind … Continue reading

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Cheesy Potato Pie

Possibly the best thing about moving back to the UK is having access to my beloved pie dish again.  And the second best thing is having an oven that said dish will actually fit into.  Yes, making a pie is … Continue reading

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Goat’s Cheese, Spring Onion & Hazelnut Tart

The most over-rated night of the year is almost upon us.  I have never been a fan of New Year, and for the last two years haven’t even bothered staying awake until midnight.  This year I’m putting a smidgen more … Continue reading

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Potato & Parsnip Rosti With Poached Egg

After the magic of Christmas comes the glory of leftovers.  Unopened chocolates, half a Christmas cake, roasties that you just couldn’t find room for:  these are all yours to enjoy on Boxing Day, assuming you have sufficiently recovered from your … Continue reading

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Posh Spice Cake

My brother always reveals our working class roots by bemoaning the lack of Vienetta on our Christmas table.  It’s true that when we were young we both abhorred Christmas cake and pudding, so we were treated to gigantic portions of … Continue reading

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Wild Mushrooms & Port

“Cheer up, love, it’s Christmas,” an old man ordered me last week as I walked home from work along a quiet street in the dark and cold.  That’s right, I have been judged not festive enough by a complete stranger … Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Despite my mother’s best efforts to inflict the dreaded Michael Buble on me, there is only one Christmas CD that is acceptable in my house:  A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.  While I do not like the man … Continue reading

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Ginger Cream Christmas Cake

I was feeling exceptionally festive last weekend.  Not only was it time to open the first door of the advent calendar, but I also had a friend visiting which meant a trip to the Christmas market.  The market in Manchester … Continue reading

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