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Bizarrely I genuinely think I work better when I have other things going on a . Perhaps if I take a break from essay research and make amaretti biscuits then when I’m actually doing my research I concentrate better, having had a break. Or perhaps I’m just enjoying eating them so much that I’m not so worried about essays any more. Either way, as a student with one and a half weeks of term to go, very little money and too much to do, I had a look in my baking cupboard and found I had ground almonds – and therefore only needed to buy eggs and some almond essence (Amaretto next time definitely, when I have the money of course!) to make this very quick recipe. Perfect.

Over Christmas I want to have a go at biscotti now. Oh, and in the background you can just see my teapot and strainer – I’m currently enjoying some proper leaf tea. Although the real reason for this is that it was on offer in the Co-op and I didn’t notice that it was leaf tea! Still, it will probably last me a while, and I’m enjoying the ritual of pot and strainer.

Last weekend I sort of did the opposite – I found that I had a cauliflower in my fridge and thought, “I know, I’ll make cauliflower soup – then I only need to buy another couple of ingredients” and then went and spent £15 on ridiculously unnecessary ingredients including cranberries, wine, Gorgonzola and red wine vinegar and promptly made the best soup ever!

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The soup in question is more specifically known as Cauliflower and Gorgonzola soup with pickled pear relish. The relish was the bit I was most excited about… I’m a bit obsessed with chutneys, pickles and relishes since I discovered them about a year ago. Though I have been warned by my boss (a pastry chef) that once you start making you can get a bit carried away and end up with jars and jars of the stuff… pity…

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So if you love strong flavours, this soup will blow you away. It’s fantastic! I found it in the BBC Good Food Magazine from October – will post it up when I get the chance.

The really unusual part of the soup-eating experience was that I was brought a fabulous Indian dish the same evening by Seb called “Khichdi-kadhi” – also known as ‘India’s comfort food’, though this recipe has been adapted by a family in South Africa to make it even more different! So we ate both meals together – a sort of double dinner full of amazing flavours!

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For now, I will go back to my reading about Dutch painting (just one essay to go before the end of term now!) and leave you with a the great coverage that Warwick TV did of our Good Food Society Mexican/Day of the Dead social! You’ll find us about 2 mins 30 secs in. Enjoy.

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