Fab Friday: 13th

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Welcome to my first Fab Friday column! Every Friday from now on I’ll be picking five of my favourite things from this week and sharing them here with you. Every week I seem to find so many gorgeous little things on the web, and it seems such a shame to keep them to myself! This week has been no exception.…

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Pastila: The Forgotten Russian Candy - Food History - Via WritingInTheKitchen.Com - @WritingInTheKitchen

A Brief History: Pastila, Russia’s Forgotten Candy

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Pastila is the Russian version of pâte de fruits; it was developed in Kolomna as a way to preserve apples through the hard, cold Russian winters, and there are over fifty recipes. It was made in the 15th century as a “medieval preserve” – after it was dried it could be stored for long periods of time without spoiling or…

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A Brief History: Who Really Invented Pavlova?

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Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that is usually topped with fresh fruit and lashings of whipped cream. It is a delightful dessert but its history is mired in a bit of controversy. You see, Anna Pavlova, the ballerina for whom the dessert was invented – and named – visited both Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The two neighbouring…

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A Brief History: Rice Pudding

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Rice pudding, whilst rejected by some for being too plain and stodgy, still remains one of my favourite comfort foods. It’s actually been around for centuries, believe it or not, and was thought to have originated in China, which has an ancient rice culture. This has been disputed by some food historians; they argue that rice pudding likely originated in…

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A Brief History: The Saga of the Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is one of my favourite comfort foods, and is also called bread and butter pudding, or whitepot. Variations of bread pudding exist in culinary cultures around the world, from Argentina to India, from the United Kingdom to Colombia. It is also called hasty pudding (although this term encompasses both bread pudding and rice pudding) because – as the…

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Lemon Roast Chicken with Pumpkins and Potatoes

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I honestly didn’t plan on having a dinner party a couple of days ago. Mid-week dinner parties are never the best idea, I think, and it ends up becoming a stressful affair. However, I had the perfect excuse; two friends were going to be in town that night, and I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the opportunity to host them…

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Strawberry Banana Sorbet

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I know I told you this before, and I’m sure you’ll get sick of hearing about it over the next few months, but – summer’s here. However, I can’t say I’m pleased about the arrival of summer. Summer in Chennai is a long drawn out tortuous affair during which time everything gets progressively hotter and hotter, and you whimper in…

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Orange & Lemon Marmalade Muffins

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  “I’m going down to get more jam”, said my boyfriend’s voice, suddenly, breaking into my thoughts. As some of you may know, I’ve been working rather hard recently writing my book, and it’s hard to switch gears when someone talks to you suddenly; your mind is far away in the world you created. “Mm”, I said. Then I realised…

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Hot Chocolate

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There are some days when you just need a series of comforting things. Today is one such day for me. I woke up this morning in a strangely convoluted position (well, you try sharing your bed with two cats), arranged myself properly, and then went back to sleep huddled up in my quilt while listening to the sound of the…

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