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The Flamboyantly Fabulous Fanny Cradock in the cookery theatre at Ely’s Food and Drink Festival

Fanny Cradock in the person of Dr Sue Bailey was invited to appear as part of Ely’s Food and Drink Festival last year. I was delighted to dress up to the nines to perform as Flamboyant Fanny. In the Festival’s cookery theatre over the festival weekend, sponsored by Cambridge Commodities, there was an exciting line-up …

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Fabulous Fanny Cradock’s Christmas party

It was a somewhat mad but inspired decision to host a Fabulous Fanny Cradock’s Christmas party. But who was she – some call her the first celebrity female television chef. Fabulous Fanny also produced cookery books selling in their thousands and a brightly illustrated 96-part magazine cookery course. Instagram is awash with millions of stunning …

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Hard evidence – do supermarket checkouts make kids obese?

First published in The Conversation, 2013. Your eye gets caught by the dried apples slices and pistachios but your child, sitting in the trolley, sees the Percy pig sweets. The queue is moving slowly, how well do you resist? A commentary by Deborah Cohen published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that shoppers’ …

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Solution to the grey squirrel crisis – pastry, a roux sauce, mushrooms and hazelnuts

This article was originally published in The Conversation. Prince Charles is among those repeating their calls for an organised cull of grey squirrels in Britain as a way of helping the declining native red squirrel. Despite being larger and stronger than their red cousins, living in denser numbers and out-competing red squirrels for the same …

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