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Maria K
Singing for pleasure
Singing for pleasure

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Of Mince Pies and Other Stories
I am currently updating my blog. The last few months have been rather difficult (and hectic) and although I've been baking a lot, I haven't been able to blog as much as I would have liked to. But I'm hoping to complete the update by the middle of February 2...

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Henry Thoreau | Life in the Woods + Rustic Country Bread
I am grateful for civilisation. Nor do I entertain any romantic illusions about the ennobling quality of primitive existence and its innocent communion with nature. Life in the woods, it seems, is a constant battle  against  the encroachment of nature - har...

Laura Esquivel | Caramelised Onion, Red Pepper and Goat's Cheese Tart
There is a unique and special relationship between literature and film, a tentative symbiosis between the written word and the cinematic image that allows the latter to adapt, appropriate or negotiate the former. Many films are based on novels, short storie...

Seamus Heaney | Blackberry and Apple Torte
The simple joy of blackberry picking! The wild anticipation, foraging through the urban jungle, the excitement of the pick, and when you think you've picked enough, you spot one more, perhaps a little out of reach - and don't they invariably seem to be the ...

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Jane Austen | Bakewell Tart
I've already written elsewhere of my tentative relationship with Jane Austen, but as this post is about a quintessentially English dessert, the bakewell tart (not to be confused with bakewell pudding), it seems inevitable that I should turn to Austen once more.

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Andy Warhol | Roast Tomato and Pepper Soup
As the story goes, it was American art expert, gallery owner and erotic author Muriel Latow who gave Andy Warhol the original idea to paint Campbell's Soup Cans by suggesting 'something you see everyday and something that everybody would recognize.'

What I like about nursery rhymes, and this goes for folk tales as well, is their outwardly innocent simplicity and their unassuming tone. I also like them for their palpably raw sense of reality, often shocking and taking unexpected turns.

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Eugenio Montale | Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd
My search for a lemon poem led me, via the as yet unexplored Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee, an evidently captivating travelogue through the citrus groves of Italy, to twentieth century Italian poet  Eugenio Montale.

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Emily Dickinson | Honey-Roasted Figs and Plums with Blueberries
Many years ago, when I first came across the poetry of Emily Dickinson, I was fascinated by the simplicity of her verse, her unorthodox punctuation and her idiosyncratic capitalisation. I was also intrigued by the reclusive nature of an author whose poetry seems to have overlooked the Civil War that tore up her country.

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Sylvia Plath | Fig and Plum Cake
To describe The Bell Jar as a feminist novel concerned with the disjunction between the dominant patriarchal social reality and the anticipations of a young woman battling against not only gender and identity stereotypes but also her own mental fragility is perhaps to state the obvious.
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