Category Archives: Recipes

AGA recipes from the AGA experts at AGA Twyford and our very own Domestic Goddess, Betty Twyford.

Thinking of buying an Aga?

It can be a hugely daunting decision for some and for others there is no other choice. It used to be much easier too… the only choice between models was 2 or 4 oven and the fuel type. Now there is an Aga for every situation and all delivering the very best cooking experience. You will be amazed at the … Continue reading

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Chocolate and Pear tartlets

I originally submitted this recipe to Live 24seven magazine for a Christmas edition, being ever so slightly sick of traditional Christmas type recipes. They are in fact suitable for any occasion (ok probably not a nut free/sugar free Vegan/ gluten intolerant convention…but anything else!)   You can make this as one large tart as shown here….either way delicious!   Chocolate … Continue reading

Dipped Strawberry delights… Wimbledon indulgences

Dipped Strawberry Delights   Summer and a giddy round of entertaining is here! Oh how I love the longer days, white wine, strawberries, Wimbledon….SUNSHINE! Is a whoop! Whoop! too much? How about these for a super easy desert or just as an accompaniment to Champagne on the terrace with the girlies? 450g Strawberries 100g dark chocolate 100g milk chocolate 100 … Continue reading

Lizzie’s Macaroni Cheese

The Summer holidays are here. Seven blissful or long (depending on your state of mind) weeks stretch out before you. What plans have you got? Do they all rely on good weather? My daughter is wanting to learn how to cook… she bakes cakes but now she wants to ‘help out’ more. “Fantastic!” I respond less than convincingly. Undeterred she … Continue reading

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