Category Archives: Memories of an Aga

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

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

Multi-coloured, multi-layered cake

Multi-Layer, Multi Colour Eyes Bigger Than your Belly Cake!   (Just a little caveat…I wrote this up for a magazine over a year ago and we have now hit 12 and High school….all is as I thought it would be! Gah!) I have a daughter who is just about to wave goodbye to 10 and embrace eleven years old. There … Continue reading

Rice Krispie Goo cakes

July is almost here… That means school holidays. This could mean day trips to the beach, long country rambles with picnics stowed in beautifully co-ordinated picnic hampers (or in my case my daughters beaten up old ruck sack that she is too cool to wear now but is too useful to throw out). OR it could mean the inevitable wet … Continue reading

Simnel Cake … for Easter!

Simnel Cake   I’m a keen baker of Simnel Cake. Truthfully the kids are not that bothered with fruit cake but for me this signals the start of Spring. I know other people look at the bulbs pushing through, lambs pushing out etc, etc . I do too but my internal calendar is punctuated with recipes. Simnel cake is a … Continue reading