Category Archives: Food and drink

Birthday sushi

For Dan’s birthday (and mine, which was six days earlier), I took him to Birmingham, which as far as I can tell is the nearest place to us that you can get good sushi. My goal was to fill him so full of sushi that he actively wanted to not eat any more. Here he is with the first plateful:

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A cake that didn’t quite work

It was my birthday on Saturday, so I made myself an experimental cake:

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It’s a variant on the chocolate and marmalade cake that I’ve been making. I wanted to aim for a more fresh, real flavour, so I dumped the 450 g marmalade, and instead used two whole oranges. I gently simmered them whole for thirty minutes to soften them, then blended them, and used the resulting semi-liquid in place of the marmalade.

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Oh, and the chocolate-marmalade cake!

Here it is, served with full-fat natural yoghurt:

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It’s a variant on a recipe attributed to Nigella Lawson — though of course recipes get handed down and around so much, with so little attribution, that it’s impossible to say where it really originated. The question might not even be meaningful, since cake recipes are like Makefiles: no-one ever wrote one from scratch, every one is copied and modified from one that’s close to what you want.

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Those pies in cross-section

Here are those same pies again, just because I like the cross-section photo so much. And, what do you know? it’s nearly lunchtime!

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Last night’s baking

Two pies and a cake:

Back centre: smoked salmon, cream cheese and basil pie. Front left: spinach, egg and parmesan cheese pie. Front right: chocolate and marmalade cake with white chocolate icing.

Back centre: smoked salmon, cream cheese and basil pie. Front left: spinach, egg and parmesan cheese pie. Front right: chocolate and marmalade cake with white chocolate icing.

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Today’s savoury pies

2016-02-15 12.30.27Left: spinach, egg and parmesan cheese. Right: cream cheese, smoked salmon and basil.

Both these pies were absolutely delicious, but they both had structural issues.

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Mid-morning snack

From the this-is-why-I’m-fat files.

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