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Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

14 August 2017
Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

14 August 2017

I confess to feeling somewhat anxious about this recipe. Not because it doesn’t taste good (it does) but because I am aware that Americans, and particularly southerners, have very strong feelings about their biscuits, and I have quite a few friends from the South who seem to be mainly employed in the food business. I know from experience that they will not hold back when it comes to their heritage and nor should they.


The internet has made me an expert

13 August 2017
The internet has made me an expert

The internet has made me an expert

13 August 2017

I’ve learned so much about animals this summer that I am now a fully-fledged expert. The internet is great at enabling a person to become an instant one of these, ready to argue with people who have clearly wasted their time studying their subject for decades.


How I stopped becoming an armadillo

17 July 2017
How I stopped becoming an armadillo

How I stopped becoming an armadillo

17 July 2017

Around my mid-40s I began to notice that from the toenails up I seemed to be turning into an armadillo.


Sweet treats with a history of their own

10 July 2017
Sweet treats with a history of their own

Sweet treats with a history of their own

10 July 2017

It did occur to me that testing a recipe for cannolis over some of the hottest days of the year was bad planning.


Books are so at home here in Bury

11 June 2017
Books are so at home here in Bury

Books are so at home here in Bury

11 June 2017

As a kid I swiftly learned that I could read my way out of most tricky situations. An elderly tutor began to teach me to read, in Spanish and English, well before my fourth birthday so as to stand me in better stead for our subsequent emigration to Mexico.


Sweet memories of desert play days

07 June 2017
Sweet memories of desert play days

Sweet memories of desert play days

07 June 2017

The first cake I recall eating was banana bread when, at the age of four, I met Susie and her mother. Susie’s Mexican-American family lived around the corner from us in a big white house overlooking the Zapalinamé mountains, whose greyish-blue foothills form a backdrop to the northern Mexican city of Saltillo.


Where ageism and sexism meet

16 May 2017
Where ageism and sexism meet

Where ageism and sexism meet

16 May 2017

One of the most vibrant women I know once told me that there are times when she feels invisible. Turning 50 had, she said, brought her to a time in her life where she felt diminished and she worried that as she entered middle age, it wasn’t just her own edges that felt as if they were blurring, but those of her female peers, too.


Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

12 May 2017
Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

12 May 2017

The timing of Ed Balls’ show ‘Stictly Speaking Out’ couldn’t be better.


Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

06 May 2017
Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

06 May 2017

Eaten raw, the average out-of-season red pepper is a bit of a disappointment flavour-wise although it does possess texture and a hint of what is to come later on in the year. Where would mass-catered salads be without its squeaky chew?


A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

16 April 2017
A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

16 April 2017

Good citizens and patriots, imagine it’s 2034 and over a decade has passed since we were ejected from the EU in disgrace after a failed attempt to blast the Rock of Gibraltar free from its Spanish moorings.


Straight from the streets of New York

10 April 2017
Straight from the streets of New York

Straight from the streets of New York

10 April 2017

When I was a teenager I loved reading those sex ’n’ shopping novels that were popular in the eighties. Bonkbusters by Jacqueline Susann, Judith Krantz and June Flaum Singer kept me sane during two years of A-level English where the syllabus was dominated by Lawrence, Hardy and Plath.


A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

04 March 2017
A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

04 March 2017

Just before the storm arrived that saw us driven at speed in a golf cart back to the shelter of our car, we’d been exploring Lovers Key, a small state park on the gulf coast of Florida where a beach shack sold large solo cups filled to the brim with chowder for only $4.


Such paucity of care is untenable

11 February 2017
Such paucity of care is untenable

Such paucity of care is untenable

11 February 2017

On Monday night, Panorama highlighted the crisis facing our mental health services.


Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

04 February 2017
Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

04 February 2017

Hai mangiato così tanto pesce che per tornare a casa puoi nuotare nei canali invece di camminare,” laughed the bartender as he brought over yet another plate of sardines from the trays of cicchetti lined up along the tiny counter.


Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

15 January 2017
Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

15 January 2017

It’s tempting to file a review of 2016 although you all know how it went and the media is jammed with celebrity deaths, wars, Brexit and the US election.


Something for the adults – a boozy cake for those late nights . . .

07 January 2017
Something for the adults – a boozy cake for those late nights . . .

Something for the adults – a boozy cake for those late nights . . .

07 January 2017

The period of time between Christmas Day and Epiphany on January 6th leaves plenty of space for cake and as much as I adore the classic festive fruit cake it’s good to break up its heft with something a little lighter.


The loving ties that bind at Christmas

10 December 2016
The loving ties that bind at Christmas

The loving ties that bind at Christmas

10 December 2016

The Grinch-like grumbles about Christmas cavorting in November are silenced by the arrival of December.


Savour the tastes of Christmas with a flavoursome trip to Barn’s caravan

09 December 2016
Savour the tastes of Christmas with a flavoursome trip to Barn’s caravan

Savour the tastes of Christmas with a flavoursome trip to Barn’s caravan

09 December 2016

Buying a Christmas tree and choosing decorations can be tiring, especially with kids in tow and the Little House of Cooking at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham offers a welcome respite for hungry shoppers who come here to enjoy the ever-growing Christmas shop, craft fairs and walks through the estate woods.


Miodownik cake: Poland’s crowning glory

03 December 2016
Miodownik cake: Poland’s crowning glory

Miodownik cake: Poland’s crowning glory

03 December 2016

In her Polish cook book, Polska, Zuza Zak tells us that the beginning of Polish history as we know it is marked by a feast which magically grew from modest beginnings to a table replete with fantastical food and drink.


Accountable, recordable and educative

12 November 2016
Accountable, recordable and educative

Accountable, recordable and educative

12 November 2016

What does £1.25 get you these days? Just over half a cup of latte from Starbucks, a couple of Mars Bars or you could buy a print copy of the Bury Free Press. ‘But but but,’ I hear you cry. ‘Why buy the paper when I can read it free, online?’