“Chicken and Fennel with Honey, Mustard and Orange” and “Black and White Pilaf” from “Change of Appetite”

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Yes! Yes! Yes! This was absolutely wonderful in every way, if just a little bit time-consuming to make. The two kinds of rice complimented one another beautifully. And the chicken and fennel was a winner too. The mustard and orange added a little something special to the mix. Would I make this again? Oh most definitely. I might even make more so we could all have a little more because it was so yummy!

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“Chicken and Fennel with Honey, Mustard and Orange” and “Black and White Pilaf” from “Change of Appetite”

“Flourless Orange and Almond Cake” from “Polpo”

Kirstin: I love the smell of oranges being boiled for a few hours.

Tom: Me too!

Kirstin: And the syrup really makes this cake super tasty and moist.

Tom: And no flour too.

Kirstin: I previously used a recipe for an orange flourless cake from Nigella. I won’t be using it any more; I think this recipe is much better.

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“Flourless Orange and Almond Cake” from “Polpo”

“Scandi-Supper for Six” and “Chocolate Orange Cake” from Feast

Jen: That was an epic meal! Epic beef!

Kirstin: That was bloody good, that was. We cook this every New Year’s. I usually make gravlax too, but none tonight, again using a Nigella recipe. I even found the Ella’s hand drawn menu for last year’s celebration. Oh how I love this book.

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“Scandi-Supper for Six” and “Chocolate Orange Cake” from Feast

“My Nan’s St Clement’s Cake” from “Jamie’s Great Britain”

Anna: You know, this reminds me of the sort of cake you’d get at a village fair, with a cup of tea for a £1.  All proceeds to the NSPCC or something.

Kirstin: What, you mean a BRITISH village fair?

Anna: Exactly.

Kirstin: That sort that you got during the War, in Downton Abbey? For cheering up the troops? Did Mrs Patmore make it?

Anna: Daisy made it. She wept into the batter as she thought of our William at the Front. Surrounded by Germans one minute, back in Downton the next.

Kirstin: But she doesn’t love William! Or… does… she??!!

Anna: So, we’re agreed then. This cake is as British as Downton Abbey.

Kirstin: And possibly a little bit drier than it could be. I feel it should be moister.

Anna: Just living up to its wartime village fete image then. Haven’t you heard of rationing?

PostScript: We baked this last week before the tragic news of our William’s passing. Poor Daisy!

 

 

 

 

 

“My Nan’s St Clement’s Cake” from “Jamie’s Great Britain”

“Chocolate Marmalade Slump Cake” From “Good Things to Eat”

Andrew (11): What’s in this? I’m not sure I like it.

Maureen: It’s chocolate and marmalade. It’s like a fancy jaffa cake.

Andrew: Oh, OK. I take it back and say it was brilliant.

Nicholas (8): This was really good.

Maureen: What did you like about it?

Nicholas: I liked the chocolate flavour.

Noah: I liked it! It had a nice [inaudible] flavour.

Maureen: Sorry. What was that? Tasty? Chocolately? Orangey?

Noah: TANGY!

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“Chocolate Marmalade Slump Cake” From “Good Things to Eat”

“Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes” and “Guinness Ginger Bread” from “Kitchen”

Kirstin: I like chorizo, and this looked quite easy. We were supposed to be going for a walk today, and it looked as though I’d be able to rustle this up quite easily afterwards. But it rained so we didn’t go for our walk.

Viv: Nigella used to have nicotine-stained teeth.

Nancy (looking at Nigella’s picture on front of book): Obviously her teeth have been whitened. And filed. And capped!

Viv: They have *so* obviously been capped.

Toby: They could have been Photoshopped!

Tom: Well, what about the food? What do you all think?

Viv: It was good! I’m going to do that one. It was a good tray meal. But I’d say more orange, more onion, more oregano. I could smell the orange when it was cooking.

Tom: I didn’t realise there was orange.

Nancy: I can really taste the orange, but I make an orange and chorizo dish, and it’s a traditional combination.

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“Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes” and “Guinness Ginger Bread” from “Kitchen”