Black Sesame Brownies (Sort Of)

This wonderfully unusual sweet is here via Zen Cho. She’s one of my favourite writers, balancing this marvellously frank humour and keen imagination with incisive observations.  The first time I read ‘House of Aunts’, for example, I was left gasping with laughter throughout, and I had to go and lie down face-first on the sofa […]

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Thai Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

Ah, yes, this dish, the dessert you’ve probably ordered in Thai restaurants and then wept over the plate in delight, your tears seasoning the final mouthful. It looks so very simple there in front of you, that sticky rice bound with salty-sweet coconut milk, the slices of perfectly ripe mango, that you are tempted to […]

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino

This–spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli–is one of the very simplest, quickest things to make and certainly quite good to eat. I sometimes lose my sense of perspective and start thinking that I should only put special fancy frilly pretty food on my blog in order to seem impressive. But then, who would I […]

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Simple Home-made Lemonade

I worried that I might insult you, learned readers, by assuming you didn’t know how to make your own lemonade, but as I remained ignorant until about a week ago I felt I might share this recipe for further joy and enlightenment, or something. Anyway, there’s just nothing quite like home-made lemonade, and you can […]

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