I’ve pulled off my wellies, hung up my Barbour, scrubbed the soil out of my nails and headed to the big city of London this week where I’m teaching cookery classes for AEG at Taste of London Festive Edition – an enormous festival of food held every year at Tobacco Docks.
The city is all a bit of a shock after a few weeks in the ‘wolds. What a lot of cranes. And people seem very well dressed down here. And they all have a phone in one hand and a glass of fizz in the other (or maybe that’s just the Taste of London punters).
Over the next few days, 264 cookery class guests will be making 2,376 pear and cardamom friands with butterscotch dipping sauce. And, given the drink options here, I’m certain half of them will be tipsy whilst doing so.
If you can’t make it to one of the classes, fear not, because here is the recipe: my ultimate quick bake, made with all the wintery flavours of the season… not to mention the glut of pears.