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Yesterday I asked for some basic recipes on Twitter, using easy-to-obtain ingredients. The replies were so generous, so useful and so kind that I thought I would collect them here.

TheSkylarks' War

Peter, Clarry and Vanessa. Simon the Bony One. Rupert, Odysseus, Mrs Morgan. Violet and Miss Vane. Mr King the rag-and-bone man. They came so alive for me writing this book.

Fairy Tales

These are the rushes used to make rushlights. Pick a few, soak them an hour or two if you have time (they peel more easily soaked). The white pith inside