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Pam’s recipe book 11 December, 2009

Posted by Nicola Wilkes in mydeco guest blogger.
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Image credit: Toast 2009

Sometimes it really is the little things that matter the most…a hug from a partner after a hard day at work; a homemade birthday card from your children or a bowl of heart-warming, homemade stew when the temperature drops in the depths of winter…

Which is why, when the postman knocked my door with a special delivery this morning, I was bowled over to discover my very own copy of ‘Pam’s Recipe Book’ straight from TOAST‘s ‘must have Christmas gift collection ’09. OK, so I had a sneak preview when I visited the Toast office back in September to view their new Winter collection, but to have my very own copy really did get me running for the casserole pot and apron, ready for an afternoon of baking. I could almost smell the Wintry kitchen aromas wafting up from the pages as I turned them.

But it’s not just the mouthwatering recipes such as ‘Barley and Winter Vegetable Broth’, ‘Comforting Fish Pie’ or ‘Apple and Plum Crumble’ that struck such a chord with me when I first flicked through Pam’s recipe book that day at TOAST. It was all that and more. Namely the lovely story that underpins the creation of this sweet book recounted to me by TOAST staff.

Picture this: The TOAST team decamp to the rugged landscape of the Irish countryside to shoot their stunning Autumn ’09 collection and whilst they are there, Pamela Hunter Brown whips up delicious, rustic, home-cooked Irish food for the entire team for three solid weeks. Admittedly, they all enthuse about the flavours – the flapjacks and the ‘Best Porridge’ – but TOAST also sing the praises of the cook herself, won over by her ‘warm, spirited, good humoured character’.

Image credit: Toast 09 / Jenny Zarins

Sadly, Pam died suddenly in August ’09. So, as a tribute to this inspiring and wonderful woman, TOAST set about capturing her spirit, love of wonderful food and even more gifted cooking skills in the form of this enchanting recipe book. Illustrated with sea and landscapes by Jenny Zarins, taken whilst on the trip, all proceeds from the sale of ‘Pam’s Recipe Book’ will be donated to medical research into Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis at Northwick Park Hospital, London.

It’s priced at £5.95 and can be ordered online at www.toast.co.uk.



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