Simple, Slow, Good

We harvested the last of the mirabelles today under heavy skies and to the sound of rolling thunder, the first raindrops already falling as we packed away the ladder and hurried inside with the last couple of kilos of yellow plums. There’s something so simple and satisfying about making old-fashioned jams and cordials, a word…

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The Happy Pangolin

It’s the third annual World Pangolin Day, a time to raise awareness of the strange and wondrous animal that is the single most encountered mammal in the illegal global trade in endangered animals. The odd pangolin, a scaly anteater that looks like a cross between a streamlined badger and a pine cone, is captured and…

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The Hot Koala

Last week, the image of a heat-struck koala in parched Australia inspired a tweet: And @Curt_Ames noted that ‘hot koala’ sounded like a good name for a cocktail. I agree. So I made a Hot Koala. My first version, without the Tabasco sauce or fresh mint, suffered from both a lack of heat and cool.…

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