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“Gran turned everyday food into something magical”

For maths teacher, blogger and dedicated baker Philip Friend, the kitchen is his happiest place, especially when celebrating the craft he learned from his gran and his mum


My gran, Joan, was a terriic cook, not least for her excellent pastry skills and her knack of turning everyday ingredients into something quite magical.

She was a huge inspiration when I was a boy and I liked nothing more than to spend afternoons watching her cook. Her skills were passed on to my mum, Rose, who indulged my love of baking when I was a boy and let me loose in her kitchen. Had I not become a maths teacher, I’d almost certainly have been a baker.

This decades-old recipe, handed down from my gran, is a twist on the sausage roll and it remains one of my favourite bakes. There’s barely a family gathering when I won’t make up a large batch. It was my gran’s original recipe but it was Mum’s idea to make them with croissant dough.

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Make the most of May’s warmer weather and bank holidays with the brilliant new issue of delicious. Enjoy the great outdoors with some campfire cooking or simply chill out over weekend brunch – whatever you do, don’t miss British asparagus and gooseberries – at their best now. You’ll also find Tomos Parry from Brat cooking his signature roast turbot, Ben Tish creating sun-soaked Spanish dishes and Mr Bao himself making his magical spiced beef buns. Plus, we show you how to use your noodle and throw a ramen party. May promises to be a month to remember.