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Gooseberry, Rhubarb and Elderflower jam

Gooseberry, Rhubarb and Elderflower jam

I love making small batches of preserves when I have ripe fruit in the garden. Jam making this way is easy, stress free, and an incredibly satisfying hour of creativity. My gooseberry bushes were re-sited this year and I thought the trauma would kill the yield. In fact they actually they blossomed in their new … Continue reading

Spring Asparagus and Courgette Flower Scarpaccia

Spring Asparagus and Courgette Flower Scarpaccia

Spring Asparagus and Courgette Flower Scarpaccia When I was at Hunts Hill Farm Shop there was a magnificent basket of newly laid duck eggs. Larger than normal and just laid, a few had to be mine. I bought half a dozen unsure where they would end up; a cake had been on the cards. With … Continue reading

Butternut Squash & Feta Pie

Butternut Squash & Feta Pie

I wrote this recipe to accompany as article I wrote for Essence Magazine about the Plough Inn in Coldharbour near Dorking in Surrey. They have some pies on their seasonal menu and also to sell in their small but perfectly stocked village shop. Sometimes pie fillings for me are a bit gloopy so I decided … Continue reading

Leftover Mincemeat Cake

Leftover Mincemeat Cake

I always end up with leftover mincemeat from Christmas. So, as I make my own booze filled creation it is just too good, not to use up. This cake always goes down well and can double up as a pudding first out of the oven! Its an old fashioned recipe that your granny will love … Continue reading

Spiced Granola

Spiced Granola

I always have a big glass jar of this granola in my kitchen. Made with honey,nuts seeds and oats it’s perfect for breakfast. At Christmas, I like to add cranberries instead of sultanas or apricots and mixed spice instead of cinnamon. But this is one of those recipes that provided you stick to the measurements … Continue reading

Beetroot and Feta Dip

Beetroot and Feta Dip

I like to do veggie packed snacks for pre-dinner drinks or quick lunches. I have been making beetroot hummus for a while now so when I was deciding what to do with my latest bunch of roasted beetroot this came to mind. A pack of feta unused in the fridge and memory of beetroot and … Continue reading

Fresh Raspberry, Pistachio and Almond Tart

Fresh Raspberry, Pistachio and Almond Tart

This is a version of a recipe I use a lot with different fruit (such as figs, pears, blueberries) as it is so versatile. This works better with really fruity jam and its worth using an extra jam like Jam Packed with at at least 45% fruit content. Once you have the basic recipe sorted … Continue reading

Banana Scones

Banana Scones

Makes 8 scones When you have a sad looking single banana in the fruit bowl this is the perfect rescue recipe. I have never served these to kids who didn’t like them or adults for that matter. Perfect with home-made fruit packed jam and a dollop of something creamy (I often use half fat creme … Continue reading

Smoky Spiced Roasted Nuts

Smoky Spiced Roasted Nuts

I wrote this recipe to go with my review of Platform 3 in Claygate. If you are drinking session beer its probably a good idea to have something to go with it to snack on. For me if it’s a great quality drink it ought to be fantastic food too. These nuts are based on … Continue reading

One Bowl Banana, Fig, Sour-Cherry & Pecan Loaf

One Bowl Banana, Fig, Sour-Cherry & Pecan Loaf

A stand mixer is a great bit of kit to make this loaf as its tough enough to mix in the bananas and eggs without using any other equipment. I am a short cut cook wherever possible and this is a good one. If you don’t have a mixer you will need to mash the … Continue reading