Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cheesy Beer Bread

Cheesy Beer Bread   Every January my mother used to promise to bake all of our bread for our packed lunches that year. This would last for a good couple of weeks until she became dispirited by – a) our lack of enthusiasm b) our endless pleas for ‘shop bought’ c) the reality of her situation (industrious mother who owned … Continue reading

Perfect Picnic Pasties

Perfect Picnic Pasty’s (Who doesn’t like a bit of alliteration?) They are also perfect to serve teenage boys after GCSE’s /10 year old girls practising for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and stealthily stealing Labradors. A pasty satisfies my comfort food cravings, forays into my childhood memories (we always took them to the beach…that and a thermos of hot chocolate, plaid rug … Continue reading

Gingerbread Stars….good for decorating your tree at Christmas!

Gingerbread stars   Ingredients 350g/12oz plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 125g/4½oz butter 175g/6oz soft brown sugar 1 free-range egg 4 tbsp golden syrup To decorate 150g/5oz white chocolate, melted Any cake sparkles you might like Method Break the chocolate up into a bowl and place on the back of the … Continue reading

Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recently I have been thinking about my Grandma a lot and how she was such a massive influence on my life. I found some of her letters recently and that hand writing transported me back 35 years in an instant. I remember with such fondness my Grandma. She taught me to sew, do my times tables … Continue reading

Boozy Bread and Butter Pudding

This is a recipe I wrote for Welsh Border Life, an Easter edition. Boozy Bread and Butter Pudding   This is a great recipe to serve up for a dinner party pud or leave out the brandy for the topping off of a family Sunday roast… that bit prior to the unheeded call for help with the washing up. The … Continue reading

Exceeding good Bakewell Tart

My Daughter asked me what was the best treat I could think of when I was little. I could think of many: Strawberry bon bons bought by the ¼ from Berry’s shop on East Street, South Molton , North  Devon where I grew up. A pomegranate half and a pin to eat it with. The gold top off the milk. … Continue reading

Delicious Aga Yoghurt

Bacon and eggs are out for the summer at least and fresh, virtuous fruit and live yoghurt is in. I’m attempting to wean my 12YO off sugary breakfast cereals, scotch pancakes with syrup and toast lathered with jam for breakfast. This is no easy task as (apart from the sugary cereals) I am very partial to the aforementioned myself. My … Continue reading

Favourite mango sausages

Favourite mango sausages   These are so easy. All you need are your favourite sausages. For us we get our butcher to make his famous Weobley whoppers up into smaller less whopperish versions. Cocktail sausages are perfect for this. 1 jar of mango chutney 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds   Line a roasting tin with bake o glide or baking … Continue reading

Zesty Fruity Flapjacks

Zesty Fruity Flapjacks   1 orange 1 lemon 100g raisins 100g sunflower seeds 50g almonds chopped 100g dried mango 3 bulbs of ginger from a jar 1 tbsp syrup from the jar of ginger 200g butter 100g soft brown sugar 100g golden syrup 250g jumbo oats 100g plain flour   Feel free to add or substitute different fruits and nuts…pine … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Smoked Salmon and horseradish Blinis   Ingredients 115g/4oz self-raising  flour 2tsp caster sugar 1 large free-range egg 110ml/4fl oz milk Small handful of fresh chives Small packet of smoked salmon 3 tbsp of horseradish sauce 1 200ml tub of crème fraiche 1 lemon   Method Mix the horseradish sauce and crème fraiche together in a bowl. Set aside in the … Continue reading