Novel recipes: eggs Benedict from Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

While reading Ng’s dramatic novel set in American suburbia, Kate Young is inspired by a mention of her favourite brunch meal – and has tips for those dreading making their own hollandaise

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Inside, the house was already full to overflowing. There were mimosas and an omelet station. There were caterers offering bite-sized quiches and poached eggs in puddles of velvety hollandaise.

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

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Novel recipes: eggnog from The Fir Tree by Tove Jansson

Moomins and eggnog: how better to enjoy Christmas? Avoid the supermarket imitations and make this rich and boozy festive treat at home, says Kate Young

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Moominmamma worked all afternoon. A little before dark she had the food cooked for Christmas, and served in small bowls around the fir tree. There was juice and yoghurt and blueberry pie and eggnog and other things the Moomin family liked.

The Fir Tree, Tove Jansson

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Novel recipes: currant jelly from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The March sisters may not be at home in the kitchen, but this vibrant fruit preserve is a fitting tribute for a catering partnership

Fired with a housewifely wish to see her storeroom stocked with homemade preserves, she undertook to put up her own currant jelly. John was requested to order home a dozen or so little pots and an extra quantity of sugar, for their own currants were ripe and were to be attended to at once.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Novel recipes: currant jelly from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The March sisters may not be at home in the kitchen, but this vibrant fruit preserve is a fitting tribute for a catering partnership

Fired with a housewifely wish to see her storeroom stocked with homemade preserves, she undertook to put up her own currant jelly. John was requested to order home a dozen or so little pots and an extra quantity of sugar, for their own currants were ripe and were to be attended to at once.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Novel recipes: apple charlotte from Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Still savouring the second novel in Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles, Kate Young makes a cosy apple and bread dessert, perfect for autumn

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Louise said truthfully that it was not at all bad. But that did not satisfy Stella, and by the time she had finished her apple charlotte, she had cross-examined Louise about everything and knew about there being four different categories of work - cooking, parlourmaiding, housemaiding and laundry - and that they changed their jobs every week, that two mistresses taught cooking...

Marking Time, Elizabeth Jane Howard

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