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Three citrus syrups to zing up your pancakes

  It’s Shrove Tuesday today and home cooks, restaurants and school kitchens will celebrating the day by beating eggs, flour and milk to together to make pancakes. This year we’ll be making thin, crepe-like pancakes; thicker US-style pancakes and perhaps on the on-trend Japanese pancakes which are made up to 3cm high, shaped with an […]

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Pineapples, still life and hot houses

Every since explorer Christopher Columbus landed at Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and saw his first pineapple, the fruit has held a spell over cooks, cheese and wine party hosts and the American canning industry. My interest in the knobbly fruit was piqued during a lecture at the Royal Academy art gallery in London, as part […]

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Ave Maria adds sweetness to the bitter Seville oranges

  Kitchens up and down the UK are currently scented with orange, Sevilles to be precise, as they’re pared, boiled and sugared with the alchemy of heat and time to create marmalade, a very British obsession. Many of these Sevilles are bought in Waitrose supermarket, whose annual stock is sourced from a beautiful farm in […]

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Orange and Chocolate Muffins for Penshurst Farmers’ Market

As farmers’ market manager of the lovely Penshurst Farmers’ Market in the Weald area of west Kent, I have many roles to play; organiser, litter collector, diplomat, traffic collector and chief taster. These little treats were made for the charity tea stall at the first market of 2018 on Saturday, 6 January form 9.30 – […]

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Oranges, stars and the Golden Valley of Mallorca

Majorca also spelt Mallorca, as in Catalan and Spanish is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, is covered with delightful citrus groves full of lemon and orange trees. With a lovely climate throughout the year and beautiful views everywhere you look, the island is a popular holiday spot where tourists slake thirst with juicy […]

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Raising a glass at the Sloe Gin World Championships

Congratulations to George Shaw for taking top prize in this year’s Sloe Gin World Gin Championships, with a velvety smooth winning entry that the five judges found most appealing. My entry, made with sloes picked October 2016 and decanted only a week in advance of the competition, was scored in around tenth place from over […]

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Chef Bindu Patel living the spice life

Live life with more spice, says Bindu Patel on her Twitter profile (@ChefBee1120), and who could argue with that. Bindu works in the Michelin starred restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair, London. Here, she shares her story with The Lemon Grove and some her recipes, all flavoured with a good squeeze of citrus! What’s it like to […]

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A deliciously creative mess of choc and choctails

Would you be tempted by goats cheese smothered in dark chocolate, or perhaps white berries with Bailey’s liqueur served in a dark chocolate tapas cup? Well I was and so found myself at Temper Temper, a delightful cookery school tucked away in Southborough, just north of Tunbridge Wells. The school has chocolate at its heart […]

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BLOOD ORANGES Squeezing out the magic

  Slicing open an orange to reveal its bloody flesh is a pleasure reserved for the cold, dark wet months of January and early February, in the UK anyway. The arrival of the blood oranges from the groves dotted around the Mediterranean and increasingly Florida and California sparks a flurry of cooks washing out their […]

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Citrus shines at Borough Market Cookbook Club

Asked to choose a recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem book for a new cookbook club, I opted for Lemony Leek Meatballs, citrussy flavoured patties! Reasons why I choose that recipe, how I cooked it and what did I feel about using Ottolenghi’s and his foodie partner Sami Tamimi’s famed cookbook where to be shared amongst […]

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