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April 30, 2006

Red bean buns

Got some fantastic tea buns from Natural, the Japanese organic (maybe not?) shop on Goldhurst Terrace at Swiss Cottage this afternoon. Clem needed a boost so Dug picked up a bag (£1.55 for six) of very home-made-looking glazed red-bean buns. They look and taste a lot like brioche, but have this hyper sweet yet slightly fermented vein of red bean paste running through them, like cinnamon in a danish twist.

They were delicious. Clem loved them and scoffed two.

Kitchen failures #1

Made smoked mackerel pate today and it was absolutely revolting. There has to be good recipe out there somewhere.

April 29, 2006

Numerous are the cheesemakers

Now here's a thing. Apparently the Brits make more cheese than the French. Hard to believe, I know, but there are now 833 different varieties being churned out in the UK compared to the French's 450. And I'm not talking just Cheese Strings and Dairylea, but proper stuff made from cow's, goat's, ewe's and even buffalo milk.

My question is how much of it do we eat? Let's hope this mean the arrival of a regularly replenished cheeseboard in restaurants and family homes but I have my doubts.

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