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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Why an Aga?

Why an Aga…? For me the answer is simple… It fits in with my life and everything tastes so much better! I like to cook, bake, create a homely family environment where all my many (mostly grown up) kids and grandchildren can drop in… Ok this is what we all want isn’t it? I could sit here and wax lyrical … Continue reading

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

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

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