Category Archives: Food

Pie Season: Extra Helpings

Family gathering up North, and I put my hand up to do mains. Four pies on their way real soon; and here’s just a little sneak preview of the cargo. For the record, there was such great pleasure in co-ordinating the … Continue reading

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The Grilled Cheese Sandwich Song

Note: I don’t quite know how the tune goes, but I’m thinking it might work with a Joni-Mitchell-esque kind of flutey-pipey vocal. The last two lines I suspect are a chorus of sorts, with which we can all join in, lustily. … Continue reading

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Babette’s Feast, Briefly

I’m watching Babette’s Feast again [dir. Gabriel Axel, 1987], which is up there as one of my all-times. Thinking a lot these days about that part of the world (forgive me, I’m lumping a whole lot of land and sea … Continue reading

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Pie of Peace: a non-recipe

This is the (slightly edited) ‘letter’ I sent to a friend in Australia today. A long-time fan and follower of my Pie Season works, he’s been after something he refers to ‘a recipe’ for some time. Here’s what I sent in … Continue reading

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Pie Season’s Mid-Season Review

I’ve just flushed last Friday’s gravy down the toilet. Not that it wasn’t delicious, I just left it out too long – and not that it was gravy-gravy, more the sieved-off sauce from the Guinness and steak in the slow-cooker. … Continue reading

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Pie Season is Open

… so it is. No firm fixed place on the calendar, just a feeling in the air that it’s right about now and will last, tradition has it, until some point in February maybe. Past years – this is Pie … Continue reading

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Coffee, Sausage, Beer

… or The Nom-Nom Reader der Zweite. Have just finished reading Stasiland, by Anna Funder – astonishing stories of long, dull nightmares whose closeness and recency deny the typical misted horizons of history; interviews with haunted lives, bruised souls. Is … Continue reading

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