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The English Pear: Dickens’ Birthday- Orange and Almond Cake

‘“Very good,” said Steerforth. “You’ll be glad to spend another shilling or so, in almond cakes, I dare say?”

I said, “Yes, I should like that, too.”

Charles Dickens – David Copperfield

In celebration of Charles Dickens’ birthday on 7th February, we have put together an almond cake recipe good enough to tempt both you and David. Our orange and almond cake takes inspiration from Dickens’ food allusion but modernises it into something simple and yummy. Be sure to make this cake and host a Dickens-cake and book club this Thursday!
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The English Pear: Ratatouille with lemony salmon, new potatoes and broccoli

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own 

This ratatouille recipe is super easy and really versatile. We have chosen to serve it with lemony salmon and green veggies, but it works just as well with grilled chicken or sausages, or even on its own with rice or a jacket potato if you want a vegan/vegetarian option. Plus, it’s a great dish to have in the fridge or freezer so you can have it to hand on a busy weekday night. Packed with flavour and nutrition this is guaranteed not to disappoint! 
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Why the January Diet Culture belongs in the bin.

It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘New year, New me’ mind-set that plagues the cool month of January. The beginning of yet another year appears to catalyse the need for self-improvement. It perpetuates an obsession with the toned and slender form which is constantly held up as the transcendental body image. Navigating this time of year can be a minefield; the feelings of … Continue reading Why the January Diet Culture belongs in the bin.

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My Experience of Veganuary

Participation in Veganuary has grown massively in the last year, increasing by 183% in 2018. I have often considered going vegan and yet could never quite bring myself to make the commitment, Veganuary was therefore the perfect opportunity to test out this increasingly popular diet without having to commit in the long-term. I’m not going to pretend that I found the transition easy at first, so I thought I’d share some of the things I learned about being vegan and some recipes which will hopefully make the transition a less daunting prospect. Continue reading My Experience of Veganuary

The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen

‘’I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!” -Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lebkuchen are one of our favourite Christmas treats, but … Continue reading The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen

The English Pear: Cider, Sausage, and Chicken Casserole

“He Looked and smelt like Autumn’s very brother, his face being sunburnt to wheat-colour, his eyes blue as corn-flowers, his sleeves and leggings dyed with fruit-stains, his hands clammy with the sweet juice of apples, his hat sprinkled with pips, and everywhere about him the sweet atmosphere of cider which at its first return each season has such an indescribable fascination for those who have … Continue reading The English Pear: Cider, Sausage, and Chicken Casserole

How to execute the Perfect Flat Christmas Dinner

Every year students attempt to create the perfect Christmas dinner, and no matter how carefully you plan it, things will inevitably go wrong. Last year I did two Christmas dinners, one with my flat and one with a group of friends, and although they were both pretty successful, neither of them ran perfectly smoothly. Between the chicken in a bag that wouldn’t defrost, the pigs … Continue reading How to execute the Perfect Flat Christmas Dinner