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

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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

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We are here! May has arrived… …and with it the realisation that our months of planning, shifting, pleading, (bribing builders with bacon sandwiches) sawing and banging will finally stop. The showroom is almost ready! We will soon be able to boast a Rayburn Heat Centre, with fully operational Rayburn in a beautiful kitchen setting so you can see and taste all … Continue reading

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A Flan will always save the day!

A Flan will always save the day!   When you are the proud and happy owner of an Aga or Rayburn there are a number of time saving tricks you can employ to be the ever ready hostess/ feeder of Rugby teams/ annoying domestic goddess. One of my favourites is to make up a large batch of pastry and line … Continue reading

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Before March warms up…. get this made!

So… we have battled our way through wind, rain and grey skies for what seems like forever, and we find ourselves unceremoniously tipped into the middle of March. This looks like Spring. Is it feeling like Spring to you?  I’m willing to believe that it is entirely possible that the weather has improved and will stay improved and that we are all going to enjoy … Continue reading

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Simple No Fuss Crumble

Simple No Fuss Crumble Have you ever been involved in food photography? It’s an eye opener I can tell you. When I first started writing a column for Welsh Border Life and Live24Seven I would bake something yummy, take a snap of it with my camera phone and send it off. I was pretty sure as I knew how fab it … Continue reading

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Showing off…

I was asked if we could host a charity morning here at our showroom. A shopping event for lots of women and providing mince pies, tea and a big welcome. We can do that said I! It was mooted that as we are rather busy perhaps I should go to the supermarket and purchase said mince pies. I looked suitably … Continue reading

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Simple Christmas Chocolate Roulade.

This article appeared in Welsh Border Life this December…I thought I’d share it here too. Christmas time…mistletoe and wine… This Christmas I am that person I usually love to hate. That organised, already wrapped my presents in November, cooked ahead and frozen, smug, sanctimonious person we all know. That’s me now! And it feels GOOD! I’m twiddling my thumbs somewhat … Continue reading

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A Simple but delicious Sherry Trifle for Christmas

BETTY’S RECIPE FOR SHERRY TRIFLE A large Jam Swiss Roll A packet of Raspberry Jelly A punnet of frozen or fresh Raspberries 2 tablespoons of Raspberry jam, warmed for spreading  A  glug of Sherry A carton of creamy custard A sprinkling of almond slices toasted in the AGA 1pt of double cream whipped   Method Melt the jelly in ½ … Continue reading

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Cheats Beef Wellington

Here is an idea – why not cheat this Christmas? BEEF WELLINGTON MINUS THE HIGH COST Buy a joint of rolled Sirloin of Beef, weighing about 1.36 kilos (3lbs) tied with string. Buy a punnet of ordinary mushrooms and be daring, use a clove of garlic as well. Buy a packet of puff pastry from your favourite supermarket. Take some … Continue reading

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