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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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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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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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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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THE HORSERADISH DILEMMA – TO PRESERVE OR NOT TO PRESERVE

A Shakespeare moment

I am just having a Shakespeare moment. I love horseradish. It seems you either love it or loathe it. I am a marmite person too. So I was rather disappointed to find that my aunt barely mentions this fulsome root vegetable in Let’s Preserve It. Dried horseradish, horseradish and beetroot relish and horseradish and tomato…
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LABELLING YOUR PRESERVES

Buying labels - the easiest option

Do you have an in-house fourteen year old? Leaving aside the moods and slammed doors and weird clothes, there are times when having a techno savvy teenager around the house can be very useful.  Installing apps on your computer, organising the privacy settings on your facebook page or just explaining instagram,  for example, is all in a day’s  fun…
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FUN FOODS for the young in the Easter holidays

Adding preserves for the young

Easter is nearly upon us and with it all the fare of Hot cross buns and Simnel cake and Roast Lamb and not to mention Easter Eggs Beyond these traditional Easter foods there are a whole range of favourite fun foods and platters – with or without preserves -that children can not only enjoy in the holidays and…
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APPLE CHEESE and THE  PECTIN POWER FRUIT

How to preserve and enjoy apples through the winter

If asked to choose ONE food that I could not live without, it would be a very close call between an apple and cheese. That is not to say that I am planning on living on solely one food. It is just that without that one food I would be devastated, lost, mourning . And the apple wins….
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TEENAGERS AND PRESERVES AND ENTREPRENEURS

A variation on the selling lemonade and the USA right of passage

Just a little motivation ? It seems that once they have reached their teenage years and feel safe using a hob and oven, some teenagers may need  just  a little motivation to start cooking. Making preserves offers lots of scope . For a start, cooking to impress their friends may include knocking up a Tomato…
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY BLACKBERRYING and SAFE FORAGING

Go blackberrying

If there is just one MUST DO OUTING to enjoy with your children in the summer holidays it is to go blackberrying. By the end of August the hedgerows will be heaving with dark shiny berries and I cannot wait to collect them and then sit back and enjoy a plain bowlful. And then some for puddings, cheesecakes…
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