6
Oct
2014
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This week I am

making marmalade. Again. The Seville oranges were picked in July, and some were stored in the cellar for a couple of months, held at about 15 C. They keep well, better than the blood oranges. The marmalade is a standard...
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30
Sep
2014
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This week I am

baking cakes. Specifically, Dundee cake. I grew up with buttercakes and cheesecakes and poppyseed cakes, added chocolate cakes with 50 Fabulous Chocolate Cakes (Penguin), and have recently been experimenting with fruit cakes. The Dundee cake is the current work in...
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17
Sep
2014
1

This week I am

enjoying Champagne, and learning a lot about it and my own tastes. I’ve always thought I preferred chardonnay-based champagnes, as in blanc de blancs, as in Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, which I adore. www.taittinger.com  It’s fine, elegant, beautiful to drink.  But then...
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9
Sep
2014
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This week I am

thinking hard about the legacies of war. In Reims, the city that has renewed itself miraculously www.reims-tourism.com  In the cathedral where every French king was crowned, there is a photographic exhibition showing the damage done to the cathedral during the First...
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