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THE BEST ESSENTIAL TOMATO CHUTNEY

When the cupboard is bare

I have been somewhat idle this summer and for various reasons have glossed over the abundance of fruits and vegetables growing in gardens or displayed on stalls. However, recently I was offered a  bag of mixed eaters and cookers apples and I pondered on how best to use them. Whether to make an all apple…
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Variations on Hot Cross Buns and Easter Fare

Cranberry and Orange hot cross buns, chocolate Easter cake and Simnel buns

Hot Cross bus are traditionally made to be served on Good Friday. The story  goes that the  first buns were made by a 14th century monk who then distributed them to the poor  on Good Friday. So it really bothers me is to see these sweet and spicy buns on sale at Christmas. The story also goes that Queen…
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GREEN THOUGHTS FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY

An Irish Moment

Happy St Patrick’s Day My stomach often cries out to me ‘I just want something green’ and whether it comes as a preserve or as a fresh adjunct on a plate, there is a huge array  of green foods from which  to choose. Green foods somehow radiate health, often fresh and with nutritious and wholesome…
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MARMALADE BUNS FOR BREAKFAST

A treat for all marmalade lovers

Buns for breakfast I am so pleased to find I made plenty of my quadruple peel marmalade last year. It will keep me going for the time being. I know very well that January is the month for making marmalade. The Seville oranges have arrived and it is always set in my mind that I will spend…
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LATE CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS FOR PRESERVERS

A quieter Christmas with my new hip

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas I have been planning this Christmas for some time  – ever since I was offered a date for a new replacement hip in early December and realised that I would be a tad out of action in the kitchen. And a  new hip is a wonderful Christmas present….
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PUMPKIN CHUTNEY      simply the best use of a pumpkin in October?

A great accompaniment to curry

What  do you do with a pumpkin in October? I have great memories of the time when we lived in New York. In October, we generally managed a trip to New England to see the stunning  fall colours together with roadside stalls piled with apples and pumpkins from the farms. I know many will associate pumpkins…
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MY LAMBETH MIXED HERBS

and an early start to making Christmas presents

I find my herb garden such a delight. Living as I do in a city with no space for a kitchen garden, it is a pleasure to be able to reach out to my pots and tubs for a choice of herbs to transform my cooking. So wherever you live and for me, that is Lambeth,…
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HULLING STRAWBERRIES – A DAUGHTER’S TIP

How did I manage before!

A few years ago, my younger daughter, Olivia, spent the Wimbledon fortnight hulling and counting out strawberries while working in the members’ restaurant the All England Lawn Tennis Club. In fact I think her job included a few more jobs besides. There she discovered and passed on a really great tip for hulling strawberries. Hulling strawberries using a…
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PICK YOUR OWN – A DAY OUT AND A WIN WIN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

With essential picking tips

On a recent trip to visit a friend in Surrey I took a detour and stopped off at a Pick Your Own Farm to gather up some strawberries for jam making and a few other supplies. The place was called Garsons farm and just outside Esher. It was huge and as with many farms overflowing…
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GATHER UP YOUR ABUNDANT HERBS

After all the rain in the UK this spring our gardens are wonderfully green and brimming over with foliage not to mention an abundance of herbs. Do not miss this moment  to gather up herbs for preserving and for use during the rest of the year. There will be another opportunity to harvest your herbs at the…
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