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don’t go into the loft

i don’t climb
the retractable steps

don’t venture
into my attic

from experience

i prefer to remain
downstairs

where i live

first published October 2022 at Wishbone Words Magazine 4 poems in Issue 8

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Speedy Steamed Pudding Pots

375 g jam
150 ml cream , plus extra to serve
2 large eggs
100 g self-raising flour
150 g ground almonds
Grease six heatproof teacups with a little olive oil.
In a large bowl, whisk 100ml of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of jam with the cream and eggs. Add the flour, almonds and a pinch of sea salt, and whisk again to combine.
Place the remaining jam in a small pan with a splash of water and simmer on a medium-high heat until thick and syrupy, then remove.
Divide the pudding mixture between the teacups, then microwave in pairs for 2½ to 3 minutes on high, or until puffed up.
Turn out, drizzle with jam that has been heated in microwave for 20 seconds and serve with a little extra cream, if you like.

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