8 December 2018

The Country Kitchen by Jocasta Innes

Bookshelf

Author of  the Pauper’s Cookbook, kitchen bible of impecunious flat-dwellers throughout the UK in the 70s, Jocasta Innes was also a fount of information on rural traditions of cooking, storing and preserving. Here, her son Jason Goodwin reveals the background to Jocasta’s The Country Kitchen, first published in 1979. Below, two recipes from the book […]

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Bread & Oysters is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart and Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...

 

3 December 2018

Christmas cookbooks

Bookshelf

Spices, senses and simplicity figure large in Christopher Hirst’s selection of the best cookbooks to give this Christmas… Fortnum & Mason: Christmas & Other Winter Feasts by Tom Parker Bowles (Fourth Estate, £30) With Christmas cookbooks from Nigella, Delia, Jamie, Gordon and Elizabeth David possibly jostling on your shelves, how much do you need another, […]


25 November 2018

How Christmas made Elizabeth a Crosspatch

Hirst's Notes

Trying to create the grand finale to the English Christmas feast on a Greek island, Elizabeth David came to realise the complicated reality of this familiar item Living on the Greek island of Syros in 1940, Elizabeth David charmed islanders with her piccalilli from an improvised recipe. ‘To me the mixture seemed fairly odd, but […]


25 November 2018

Classic Christmas Pudding

Recipes

Christmas pudding Serves 6-8 450g dried mixed fruit, eg a mixture of currants, sultanas, golden cherries, candied peel, raisins, chopped apricots, dried chopped figs 1 small cooking apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped 1 orange, finely grated rind and juice 3 tbsp brandy, sherry, or rum, plus extra for flaming 75g butter, softened, plus extra […]

 

About Bread & Oysters

The Food Writer's Cooperative is an online magazine featuring news, views and mus(ings) from the world of food, past, present and future. It is run by freelance food journalists Christopher Hirst, Carolyn Hart & Emma Hagestadt, find out more about them below...