Friday Pot Luck| Week #6

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It’s back to school week! Even though it’s been four years since I left education, I always see the first week of September as the start of a new term, and I don’t think I’m alone. It’s a time for buying stationery, tidying my desk, and making pledges to myself about being more organised this academic year.

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Stuffed Courgettes

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I’m a fiend for courgettes, but not everyone feels the love. Fair enough – when cooked badly, courgettes can create an unpleasant and watery ratatouille, or a dark green, floppy disc in a plate of Mediterranean vegetables…. 

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Plum Compote and Rice Pudding

Victoria Plums

Apparently it’s a bumper year for plums. Living on the fourth floor of a flat in Bethnal Green, I’m somewhat distanced from it all. But I’ve heard that there is a frenzy sweeping the countryside.

People with plum trees are all a-panic. They can’t pick the plums quickly enough. Ripe fruit is dropping from heaving branches, lying bruised on the ground and demanding to be cooked immediately. But these poor plum tree owners are too distracted trying to pick the fruit so it escapes injury, to have the time to cook it all…. 

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Billingsgate Market

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First published at fishonfriday.org

It’s a grizzly Tuesday morning when I find myself in a taxi winding through London’s East End, toward Billingsgate Market. Past Rum Close, Narrow Street, Butcher Row and all the other avenues whose names hint at the rich history of this part of London’s Docklands.

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