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Vanilla ice-cream

Makes about 1 litre

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Ingredients to serve 4

Peach jam

Makes 3 litres (5 pints)

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A few weeks ago, I went on a trip to Portugal with the Chop House's wine merchant John Hutton – but our journey out there turned into a bit of a passport nightmare. In London the night before we left, I suddenly realised that my passport was in the side pocket of my small travel case in Dorset.

Banana pudding

Serves 8

Bananas with butterscotch sauce

Serves 4

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Bananas are perfect for eating on the move and delicious in desserts... but best of all, says Skye Gyngell, is that they still taste sublime when slightly squishy and bruised

Panna cotta

Serves 6

Fairy cakes

Makes 25 small cakes
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