Perfect Almond Biscotti

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  After much trial & error & a bit of invention, I think I’ve perfected it. My recipe is based on this one here, but with a few important changes. Ingredients: 10 tbsp salted butter, melted 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 tbsp good quality vanilla essence or almond extract 3 eggs, lightly whisked – I use Matilda’s, which are very large; use the biggest you can find 3.5 cups plain…

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The Sunday Project

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Sundays are for escaping the city & breathing fresh, green air. But first there is breakfast – lazy, always with plural cups of tea, all three of us at the table & The Archers omnibus in the background.  Sometimes I make pancakes & we can’t eat them fast enough, so we take turns standing at the cooker while O waves hers around in delight. Everything smells of coffee & maple syrup & the windows fog…

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Orla’s not-pink nursery

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  It’s not that I’m anti-pink per se… I guess I just don’t want O to grow up thinking it’s her only option. & besides, we already have a lot of pink. Everyone buys pink when you have a baby girl, & though I’d always planned to dress her in white & grey & brown & blue, the pink stuff is nice too so we ended up getting a little waylaid.  & the toys! as…

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biscotti besotted

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I have become a bit besotted with biscotti of late. In the hospital, on Boxing Day (a long story), I bought a crappy Americano & dunked a cellophane-wrapped biscotti, & it tasted like the best thing I’d ever eaten. Now I’m obsessed, trying to recreate it. How much almond to include? Vanilla or orange peel? I’m an expert now & the kitchen is continually littered with the various stages of my latest batch.  R takes…

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Hello 2014

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Goodbye 2013, with a quiet NYE; no champagne, no spangly dresses. Instead, the lights from the tree, a glass of something stronger, a sleeping infant in the darkness upstairs.   2014 will be better. We promised ourselves this last year, too, but now, a year wiser, I see that we did nothing to make that come true. This time we will work at it. Everything that was hidden has been turned to the light &…

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Rosemary

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Sat at the kitchen table, weaving these little wreaths out of rosemary to use as  last-minute napkin rings on the 25th. Glass of red wine & radio 4 for company, the only light from the fairy lights. My fingers smell of winter.

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Happy Sunday

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The last lazy day before the Christmas mayhem really begins. Time to listen to our Christmas playlist, wrap the last few gifts and start drinking at 4pm. Happy days.      

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