Cheese and herb aigrettes

These miniature savoury doughnuts make a lovely canapé served with a glass of fizz, perhaps at a coronation celebration, or indeed if you want to mark National Doughnut Week which also falls this month (20-28th May). They’re a fun way of using fresh herbs in your cooking too. If you have one of those new-fangled… Continue reading Cheese and herb aigrettes

Hot Cross Buns

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross-buns Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, these days hot cross buns seem to be available practically year-round, more ten a penny than two. If you’re tired of lacklustre shop-bought buns, try making your own. They’re straightforward to make – as with most baked goods the main ingredient is… Continue reading Hot Cross Buns

Somerset Apple Cake with optional streusel twist

The streusel topping elevates a traditional tea time delicacy to a luxurious dessert. The apple store is usually looking a little depleted by this time of year, but if you still have a few Bramley apples knocking about this recipe is a lovely way of using them up. (If you don’t have Bramley’s any other… Continue reading Somerset Apple Cake with optional streusel twist

Comté & pear tartlets

Comté & pear tartlets

February’s pickings from the vegetable patch can be sparse, but if you’re lucky you’ll have apples and pears from autumn’s harvest to use up. There might also be some winter salad leaves such as mizuna, lamb’s lettuce or baby spinach. Tossed in a punchy mustardy dressing, they’re the ideal counterpoint to this crisp and indulgently… Continue reading Comté & pear tartlets

Italian-style Brussels & Parmesan slaw

Italian-style Brussels & Parmesan slaw

The perfect recipe to use up those extra sprouts and nuts left over from Christmas There’s not a great deal happening in the veg patch in January. In my small plot I can usually find a few winter salad leaves, and maybe the first sprouting broccoli starting to shoot. You might have roots such as… Continue reading Italian-style Brussels & Parmesan slaw

No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

If you have plenty of blueberries to spare from this year’s harvest, here’s a wonderful recipe that’s tasty, elegant, and offers an easy pudding alternative. You can also use other soft fruit substitutes other than blueberries such as raspberrries & strawberries Ingredients 250g digestive biscuit crumbs (use a food processor to whizz them up) 100g… Continue reading No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry daiquiri cocktail

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy this fruity drink in the sunshine. If you grow your own strawberries, you may find yourself with an abundance of them, some of which may be a little overripe. A strawberry daiquiri is perfect for using up your excess crop. Strawberry daiquiri’s are typically made with ice,… Continue reading Strawberry Daiquiri

Classic Caprese Salad

Fresh ingredients: Basil & Tomatoes

The best caprese salad uses the freshest ingredients What better way to get the most fresh ingredients than growing them yourself (obviously not the mozzarella), but basil and tomatoes are a must! Tomatoes ripened by warm sunny days make them so sweet. The flavours are better than any bought tomato in the supermarket. Grow your… Continue reading Classic Caprese Salad

Delicately Poached Rhubarb with Orange & Ginger

Beautiful rhubarb stalks that are high in antioxidants

A lovely and simple recipe for rhubarb This easy recipe blends the coppery, savoury flavour of rhubarb with hints of orange and very gentle ginger. Delicious as soon as your rhubarb is ready to pick. Either cut the cleaned rhubarb stems into pieces or long thin strands (maybe a third of the thickness of the… Continue reading Delicately Poached Rhubarb with Orange & Ginger

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