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Chocolate Beetroot Celebration Cake + chocolate dipped things

The cake part of this is Nigel Slater’s luscious chocolate beetroot cake from the Kitchen Diaries, which he serves with sour cream and poppyseeds, making it clear that it’s not a serving “suggestion”. The one time I encountered Nigel Slater in real life (at the butcher) I was exactly the too-eager, inept self we all hope not to be when we meet our heroes. To be exact, I announced breathlessly “I really like to both read and eat your recipes!!!” to which he responded, gravely, “Thank you.” I lingered just long enough for it to be awkward without saying anything else, then ran.

Anyway, I’ll never be able to face Nigel again, because rather than serving his cake with unsweeted Slavic accompaniments I’ve realised that a raspberry chocolate ganache filling and white chocolate icing (plus perhaps some chocolate covered strawberries) make it a perfect celebration cake.

Speaking of BBC talent in Islington, last summer I was on the same bus as Nick Robinson and called out to him from the top deck “You’re great on the Today Programme! Who’s going to win the Conservative leadership contest?” He called it right, incidentally.
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Autumn Courgette Tart

Cost: well, hard to say – this recipe was created to make use of the courgettes which are sprouting in the garden on an almost-daily basis, and other than that uses a scoop of flour, some butter/lard, an egg and a handful of cheese, so it would cost a pound or two at most, I think.

Another variation of the vegetable tart I’ve been making in one form or another throughout the year – a springtime version with the season’s new leeks and peas, a summer tart with perfect tomatoes (and another with imperfect tomatoes given a bit of help with other ingredients), and in its latest incarnation, a fresh-but-satisfying filling of courgettes sliced paper thin with flashes of gold from their delicate flowers.

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