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A simple soda bread. No yeast, no kneading, no proving. Baked in a cast-iron casserole, this time I added linseeds, hemp and sunflower seeds for a crunchy texture. Easy to make, it toasts like dream. Details on theguardian.com and on nigelslater.com recipes...winter..baking.
Wed 10th January 2018
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Slowly returning to the land of the living after a rough patch. Being at home has allowed me time to go through old shots on my phone, deleting thousands of pictures from last year. A cleansing. I came across this shot from last winter’s trip to Japan. A magical morning when I woke to find snow had fallen, unexpectedly, overnight. I would love to be there now. Instead I shall wrap up and face getting my storm ravaged garden back in order after a night of Storm Eleanor. #stormeleanor. #regram
Wed 3rd January 2018
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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. Thank you for all your kind and generous words. May your Christmas be full of peace, joy and happiness. 🎄🎄🎄
Sun 24th December 2017
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All the Christmas cakes and breads appeal to me: the traditional, iced Christmas cake; Italian panettone for eating with coffee and the German stollen with its hidden cargo of marzipan. Throughout Christmastime I will stop, mid-morning, make coffee and have a slice of one or the other. Just five minutes in which to stop and settle the spirit. I have had successes and failures (just as delicious) with making my own, but this one, from #ChristmasChronicles is the one I shall make from now on. A morning’s worth of roll-your-sleeves-up baking and worth it.
Sat 23rd December 2017
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A box of delights for the Christmas tree. Santa Claus, antique fir-cones, glass mushrooms, a faded 1950s pink globe, a bronze pumpkin from India and a pink angel from Köln. Taken last year when unpacking my decorations for the Christmas Chronicles. This year they are on the tree except the little magenta bauble, which turned out to be as fragile as a bird’s egg.
Wed 20th December 2017
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Bright, crisp salad of winter leaves and sprouted seeds with creamed feta. Details in today’s @obsfood
Sun 17th December 2017
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The tree is up, there’s holly in the hall and now it truly feels like Christmas. ✨✨⭐️✨
Fri 15th December 2017
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Lights over Markt der Engel, the Angel’s Christmas Market, Neumarkt, Köln. A pic from last year’s trip, for The Christmas Chronicles, to see Cologne’s oldest Christmas Market. Children, dressed as angels with white feathered wings, wandered through the alleys of the market spreading Christmas cheer. The roast salmon cooked over an open fire was worth queuing for, stuffed into soft rolls. There were roasted chestnuts too, and enchanting wooden decorations for the tree.
Thu 14th December 2017
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Snow on the beech tree yesterday, one of a pair, that stands either side of the garden path. The snow never seems to last long in London, and the decent snowfall we had on Sunday was gone in a heartbeat. This morning, it is as if it was never there.
Tue 12th December 2017
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“Well, hello again old friends.” Carefully unwrapping Christmas decorations on a dark winter morning. Delightful to see them all again. These two little fellows and a golden mushroom waiting patiently on a much loved elm board by @hatchetandbear, ready to hang on the tree. 🌲
Mon 11th December 2017
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The garden this morning. Light snow. Soft grey sky. The promise of more.
Sun 10th December 2017
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Hand-painted Christmas tree decorations, Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric mushroom, on sale last year at Nuremberg’s Christmas Market. A reputation for being both hallucinogenic and poisonous has ensured its place as the mushroom of folklore and fairytales for centuries. I bought some of course. ☠️🍄🎄🧚‍♂️
Sat 9th December 2017
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Staircase, Glasgow, Christmas 2017. There is something I find almost ghostly about this picture. It looks more like a painting than a photograph. Actually, just a quick snap with my phone before climbing the stairs to bed at Hotel du Vin, One Devonshire Gardens.
Wed 6th December 2017
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At some point during the first week of December each year, I climb up into the attic and get the decorations down. Some need to have their cotton replaced and others need a careful wipe with a damp cloth. (Who knows what those little cherubs get up to in the dark.) To be honest, I look forward to getting the tree decorations out almost as much as I did when I was a kid. They won’t be put up till next weekend.
Sat 2nd December 2017
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This time last year, I took a trip to Vienna’s Christmas markets and cake shops. It is hard to think of a city that suits being dressed up for Christmas more than Vienna. I rather wish I was there now. (This pic, taken on my phone at one of the Christmas markets.)
Fri 1st December 2017
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The garden changes week by week, the leaves glowing first green then amber and gold before finally falling. This week has been a time of endlessly removing wet, fallen leaves from the paths, hedges and fragile plants, putting them into bags to rot down for leaf mound. Gardeners’ gold.
Sun 19th November 2017
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Home. A few autumn leaves still holding on this morning. 🍂🍁 🍂
Tue 14th November 2017
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Sea buckthorn. Tart golden berries for preserves, purée and ices. Spotted this week in Turun kauppahalli, the beautiful, wooden-beamed market hall in Turku, Finland and in the outdoor harbour market in Helsinki. I have eaten them three times this week: in a jam with rye toast for breakfast; as a purée with roast venison and in a panna cotta with liquorice ice cream.
Sun 12th November 2017
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Dusk, Finland. Tonight All Saints is celebrated, when loved ones are remembered and cemeteries are illuminated by hundreds of candles.
Sat 4th November 2017
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Thank you to everyone involved in making this. Christmas Chronicles own little film which will going out in cinemas before Murder on the Orient Express. 🙏🙏 @4thestatebooks
Sat 4th November 2017
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