Royal Mint’s Christmas Pudding

Royal Mint Christmas Pudding

I was lucky enough to be approached by The Royal Mint to help them develop a recipe for ‘Stir Up Sunday’ – the final Sunday before advent, when families traditionally make their Christmas pudding…. 

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Chocolate semifreddo and coffee ice cream loaf

I don’t remember my first taste of coffee. I remember my first taste of tea – plastic mugs of weak PG Tips served at 4pm tea at school – part of what I now recognise to be a wartime rationing themed spread. Packet mashed potato was administered with potato scoops, and slices of spam were… 

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Balsamic fig and whipped goats cheese crostini

Scroll to the bottom for competition details to WIN a heritage set of Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer A few years ago I had a conversation with Omar Allibhoy which stuck with me. The Spanish chef and founder of Tapas Revolution was, unsurprisingly, talking tapas. Or the lack of. When he first came to Britain, he was taken aback… 

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The 200 Club | Bompas & Parr & ‘Bespoke Offer’s’ record-breaking supper

Early last week I cooked a three-course meal. I know, no big deal, right? I usually stick to two courses though. I launch myself into the main course, and then put a pre-prepared pudding on the table. Minimum effort, maximum time to catch-up with friends. But last Tuesday night I pulled out all the stops. I served watercress and… 

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The Citadel, Montreuil, where Les Miserables is performed every year

Montreuil: 21st Century Booze Cruise

The booze cruise of the nineties played out to a set rhythm: hire a white transit van, make a beeline to a greasy spoon, then a mad dash across The Channel to Calais warehouses where the booze was piled high and flogged cheap … and back in time for tea. Hoards flocked across The Channel, fueled by 48p/litre petrol… 

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