Spiced Buns with Elizabeth David

Firstly, I love that she calls them spiced buns, thereby authorising them for consumption any time of year (HCBs just take a bit more milk in the dough, apparently). Secondly she naughtily suggests a bit of ground cumin in the mix which would give some unexpected kick. And finally she caps it off with this 18th century pamphlet of Captain Bun, the son of a baking family in London famous for their buns (oi oi) and who used to be in the army:

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Podcast of the week

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Dispatch to a friend was a recommendation that came in at a time when soothing conversation was in high demand. Gillian and Annabelle are two Australian friends (shades of Lee and Crabb from my other favourite podcast here) who write a weekly letter that they then broadcast.

The warmth of their friendship comes through across myriad topics: Neighbours’ building works and tree lopping, wedding cake making, Virginia Woolf hunting, Scandinavian birthday parties and a Scottish roadtrip with dour landladies, miscarriages and the pecan harvest all feature in these delightful 20 minute episodes. Just right for autumn coziness, I reckon.

Relaxing

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Francois Ancelot painted by his wife Virginie in 1819, having the perfect post-Christmas rest in my opinion. As are these ladies

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(Comtesse de Blot, Madame d’Egmont and Madame de Brionne by Louis Carmontelle), and this young man

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(Young boy reading by Octavian Smigelschi)