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Catherine Rowett
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Staffordshire oatcakes
Ingredients 8 oz fine or medium oatmeal 8 oz wheat flour (or some non-wheat flour) 1 tsp salt 1 x 7g sachet of dried yeast or 1 oz fresh yeast 3/4 pint warm water 3/4 pint warm milk Method Mix the oatmeal and flour together. Mix in the dried yeast (or rub i...

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What to do next?
A friend wrote to me to ask what on earth we could do now, because never in our lives have we been faced with such grief and despair. The UK we thought we belonged to has done something absolutely terrifying and people are terrified and distressed. Once we ...

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Baked Apple Roly Poly
Ingredients 10 oz (275g) self-raising flour pinch of salt 5 oz (150 g) shredded suet some cold water 1 lb (450g) cooking apples 3 oz (75g) Demerara or soft brown sugar 2 level tsp ground cinnamon 3 oz (75g) sultanas Milk and sugar to glaze Method Turn on th...

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Catherine's best oatmeal pancakes
Make the batter a bit in advance if possible, to allow the oatmeal to soak up the liquid. If you are serving the pancakes with bacon and syrup for breakfast, cook the bacon in the pan first and then keep it warm while you fry the pancakes in the bacon fat t...

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Mincemeat
Ingredients 1 lb currants 1 lb sultanas 1 lb raisins 8 oz dates, without stones 8 oz mixed peel 2 ox glace cherries 1 lb cooking apples 8 oz shredded suet 4 oz chopped almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp mixed spice One lemon: grated r...

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Just one loaf of bread
Ingredients 1 lb of strong flour 1 heaped tsp salt 1/2 oz lard or 1 oz butter 1/2 pt lukewarm water 1/2 oz fresh yeast creamed with 1 tsp sugar Rub the fat into the flour. Add the salt. Make the warm water by mixing 4 fl oz hot water with 6 fl oz cold water...

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Buckwheat dropscones (blini)
Written up in ounces (not grams as on the stooopid flour packet) because the quantities make better sense. 1 egg 1/2 pint of milk 3 oz buckwheat flour 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt oil for frying Mix eggs and milk in the blender. Add the flour and other...

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Sesame and oat cookies
Ingredients 4 ox rolled oats 4 oz demerara/brown sugar 4 oz butter 2 oz (1/4 cup) sesame seeds 3 oz (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut 1 tsp salt Method Melt butter, stir in other ingredients. Press into greased floured tin. Bake at gas 5-6 for 30 mins. Cut when ...

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Tax loopholes
At the end of March, a number of people wrote to me about the so-called "Mayfair Loophole". Or rather they wrote to the current MP in South Norfolk who is Richard Bacon (Conservative), and copied me in to see what my view was. This is what they wrote: The M...
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