On my travels, I love to meet real people, cook and share food, and collect recipes.
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These are some of the recipes shared with me over the years – to see the stories and photographs that go along with each, find the link to the blog post in the excerpt.
Citrus Butter CookiesMy parents live in the Midwestern desert of Phoenix, Arizona. It's incredibly hot, dry, dusty - but citrus grows so well. During harvest, the immense tangelo tree in their backyard spawns so many fruits that we can barely keep up. We pick them straight off the tree, blend them whole for juice, eat them while still standing under the tree with the sticky sweet juice dripping off our elbows, or bake them into cookies like this. Welsh CakesIn Cardiff, Wales, there's a big food market where you can get both fresh produce from regional farms, or very localised dishes to eat at plastic tables under the great glass roof. This market has been trading since the 1700's, and is the best place to try Welsh food. It was here I sat and had a big hearty breakfast of blood pudding, eggs, cockles and laverbread (boiled minced seaweed from the British coastline). You'll also find lines of Welsh grandmas, scooping up what look like little pancakes into paper bags as fast as they can and sprinkling with fine sugar as the orders pour in for one of the simplest, most addictive cakes you can ever imagine. Perfect with a cup of black tea and milk.Guinness CakeIn my early twenties I worked as a pastrychef in an old-fashioned London Deli and Grocer. The cook was a lovely Irish woman who shared many recipes with me - my favourite being this one. We used to trim off the edges of the sheet cake to cut the slices into perfect squares - after we took the slices into the cafe, we would rush back downstairs to eat the slightly-warm-buttery-crumbled-messy cake ends, spilling cream cheese icing and dark, rich, moist crumbs all over ourselves in the process.