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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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