Category Archives: Fruit

Blog, Interrupted… A Taste of Summer in the Middle of Winter: Gooseberry crumble with clotted cream

It must have been a hundred years ago that I made this gooseberry crumble. At least. Or perhaps I’ve just lost track of time. I can’t believe that it’s been nearly nine months since I wrote a blog post. Nine … Continue reading

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Make Mine a… Blackberry Bellini

The Bellini is a classic cocktail first served in Venice in the 1930s. It combines peach purée and sparkling wine, and is generally served as an apéritif, although it’s also popular as an accompaniment to a leisurely breakfast or brunch. … Continue reading

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Blackberry Picking: And Blackberry and Apple Crumble

Blackberry-Picking Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh … Continue reading

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Marsala Baked Plums with Almonds and Mascarpone

Plums are a versatile fruit that can be incorporated into jams and chutneys, crumbles and tarts, cakes and pies. And there are plenty of ways to include them in savoury dishes as well, although I’ve yet to be convinced of … Continue reading

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Mixed Fruit and Veg Smoothie

It’s been getting warmer here in Los Angeles this week, and with the change in temperature, I’ve begun to feel less like eating soups and stews, and more like making salads and smoothies. Now, I realise that the sun isn’t … Continue reading

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To Me They Will Always Be Flapjacks: Fruit and nut snack bars

In Britain the flapjack is a sweet and soft (although some would argue that they’re supposed to be crunchy), baked bar made from oats, butter, sugar and honey. In America, the nearest equivalent would be referred to as a ‘granola … Continue reading

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Warm Figs Baked with Mascarpone and Walnuts

Along with the fabulous honey dates that I got from the Farmer’s Market this week, I also bought a small basket of figs. Figs experience their second (main) annual crop from late summer through the autumn, and are – I … Continue reading

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It’s a Date: A surprising fruit smoothie

I was astonished – and secretly rather delighted – that the rain that started in Los Angeles at the end of last week continued not just over the weekend, but into this week as well. It’s clear that the city … Continue reading

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How to Complicate a Simple Dessert: Elderflower panna cotta with blueberry compote

At a restaurant, panna cotta is often my dessert of choice, but before this weekend I’d never actually made one myself. I’ll definitely be doing it again though, especially as it turns out to be a relatively simple way of … Continue reading

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Tropical Fruits part II: The pomegranate

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about – and experimenting with – the selection of beautiful tropical fruit that I brought home from the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday. And after preparing a wonderful fruit salad and smoothie yesterday, felt that I ought … Continue reading

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