The A-Z of Eating

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy indeed, because after a gestation period longer than a walrus (which gives birth after a mere 16 months, the slacker), this is the year when my fourth book will finally be launched into the world. The A-Z of Eating, with gorgeous photographs by the very talented Helen Cathcart, will be published by Fig Tree in April.

To celebrate, I baked this cake, which comes from the final chapter Z is for Zest, to slice into at midnight. (Obviously we’d eaten half of it by about half past ten.)

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As you may have guessed, the book is based around 26 of my favourite ingredients and culinary themes, from A is to Almond to the aforementioned Zest, taking in Dumplings, Junk, Malt and the delicious Octopus (which can spend as long as four and a half YEARS sitting on its eggs) along the way. It’s been a real labour of love, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Here’s the cake recipe. I came up with it for the baby shower of my godson Theo last spring – his dad’s coeliac, which was the perfect excuse for a gloriously squidgy, sticky polenta number which is helpfully, but only incidentally, gluten free. Hope you enjoy it as much as we all did then, and last night too:

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And Helen’s much less gaudy picture:

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