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Simple Seville orange, ruby grapefruit and lemon marmalade recipe

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Simple Seville orange, ruby grapefruit and lemon marmalade recipe

  When I was a decorator I’d often dream about decorating as it was an integral part of my life. I’d often wake exhausted in the morning having been ‘decorating’ all night. Decorating was the backbone to all these dreams overlaid with the classic dramas. Anxiety dreams – would I finish painting the room in the allotted time? Adventure dreams – scaling roofs and walls with a pot of paint and a brush. Travel dreams – decorating around the world. Even frightening dreams – decorating alone in a haunted house. The decorating...

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The landscape is never flat when it comes to cooking

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The landscape is never flat when it comes to cooking

I seem to have been cooking for days. When I get home from work. Loads of delicious pies. Fish, beef and oxtail and mixed game pies. I like pies.  Somehow if we have a homemade pie for supper, I feel that we are almost there cooking wise. All is needed is a pair of  thick gloves to tackle the freezer in the morning. And half an hour to prepare some tasty vegetables whilst the pie warms in the oven. Even though it’s spring here in the UK, with quite a few sunny days, it’s chilly after dark and I’ve had a longing for traditional English...

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