OK, so really this is just a recipe. Or rather, a series of warnings about how not to cook nuts and fruits. But science does come into it. Specifically, Mr Boyle’s bits of science linking pressure, temperature and volume. The problem is that, like popcorn kernels before they go all big and fluffy, apples and

Pears with Everything

A few years ago we moved to a house with a Conference pear tree in the garden. Weird pruning means the pears mostly grow at the ends of huge spindly branches- no good for climbing, but fine for shaking the fruits off. Each year, the tree produces more fruit than we can eat. It produces

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