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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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

The English Pear: 5 Porridge Recipes

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up” – The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Porridge is the best way to start your morning. It’s warming, affordable, healthy, and all round delicious. You can make porridge in many ways, but we’ve listed our five favourites below. We always use chunky traditional rolled oats cooked on the hob for the creamiest porridge (microwave porridge traumas pushed us to this). Add the milk of your choice and you’re ready to go! Continue reading The English Pear: 5 Porridge Recipes

The English Pear: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

“Then consider what victual or esculent things there are which grow speedily and within the year, as parsnips, carrots, turnips, onions, radish, artichokes of Jerusalem, maize and the like” – Of Plantations, Francis Bacon 

As the days are getting colder and the evenings darker, soup brings ultimate cosiness. This honey roasted parsnip soup is our favourite autumnal lunch option. It uses parsnip whilst it’s at its best, and by roasting the veg it brings the first Christmassy feels of the year. This recipe uses a blender or food processor, but an easy alternative is to mash the roasted veg before adding in the liquids. We love pairing this soup with chunky bread, heaps of blankets and a good book. Continue reading The English Pear: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup