In 1997 a scandal broke out, unlike any other. River Café Cook Book by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers was newly published. In it there was a recipe for a cake I’ve never made or eaten or been served: dark, flour-less and baked until set in a bain marie. In fact I didn’t know what a bain marie was until writing this post (it’s a type of heated water bath).  It turns out that for most people this recipe didn’t work. Amateur chefs and professional chefs tried and all of them ended up with a fresh brown liquid.

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I wanted to call this post ‘I Used a Recipe Book!’ because I can’t remember the last time I used one. I think I own them all and I look through them quite regularly but use one to actually cook with? Don’t talk crazy! Then I opened up Livia’s Kitchen and saw a very simple, and very easy recipe for carrot and oat energy balls and decided to make them.

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I love my local library and when I popped in on Sunday I managed to get Yotam Ottoleghi and Ramael Scully’s Nopi and Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite by Gizzi Erskine. They are both beautiful books with stunning pictures of delicious looking food. I spent a really long time leafing through and drooling. Then I closed both books and went for a run. As I was running I suspected that looking and admiring the pictures of the books isn’t the whole point of them.

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Ah Christmas. It’s just around the corner, about to descend on us all. For me this is less about presents (the sale is one day after, I can wait) and more about food. The whole family is at home and we spend most of the day cooking and the rest of the day watching TV in a food induced semi-coma. This year I am prepared.

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