Caroline poached apricots in a subtle spice mix for DD's birthday on St George's Day. Utterly delicious.
Take one packet of those luscious half-dried apricots and poach them in orange juice sweetened with a little honey, together with one star anise, one vanilla pod and a couple of cloves. (Follow the instructions on the packet for timings.) We ate them with a chocolate-y almond cake. Mmmm
The tulips are on my desk. Anyone who has ever been in my study will know that I had to clear a space in order to take the photograph. Incidentally, the orange lily-flowered tulip is Ballerina, which besides being a particularly cheering flame colour is also sweetly scented, unlike most florist's tulips.
After I put them in a vase I took them outside again, so that I could enjoy them in the afternoon sun:
Quincemeat - 'Quincemeat', Nigel Slater's quince and cardamom mincemeat or 'Christmas jam' - the recipe is in The Christmas Chronicles. Made without suet, not too sweet...
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