41. Not-so-Cornish pasties with sturdy shortcrust pastry

Home Cooking Made Easy p108

Today it’s a double whammy for pasty lovers: the government backtracks on the infamous pasty tax; and I share Lorraine’s pasty recipe. Today’s news signals the end to a short but passionate battle by bakers to change the budget measure. I had hoped to see the people of Cornwall throwing boatloads of pasties into the sea, but it was not to be (explanation of humorous historical allusion here).
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Strawberry filled cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Apparently berries are “the way nature intended for us to cram our bodies full of oracs.” No, not whales, that’s orcas. Oracs stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, so it basically just means antioxidants. Strawberries “contain all the summer micronutrients, but they also encourage iron absorption for the formation of strong blood.” If you honestly think this is a good reason to eat strawberries, you’re deluded. We eat strawberries because they taste so good.
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39. Mrs Stephenson’s dinner party bread rolls and 40. Pan-fried asparagus

Home Cooking Made Easy p50 and p143

These bread rolls are named after Lorraine’s Home Economics Teacher, because they were her first GCSE assignment. We never did anything so useful in our “Food Technology” lessons. I just remember testing whether homemade or shop-bought pastry was better (Jus-Rol beat 13 year old Kerry), healthy food (fruit kebabs) and roux sauce. If I had to name a memorable recipe after my teacher it would have to be Mrs Collinson’s “Design your own packaging for a Christmas themed confectionary item.”
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