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  • 22 Apr

    Wild Garlic Pesto

    Posted by: Robert J.
    At this time or year the woods in Cornwall are full of wild garlic Allium ursinum which can be used to add flavour to many dishes. This year I made   a good pesto sauce which goes well with fusiili pasta. Make the most of it within weeks the wild garlic dies back below ground. Gather a large hand ...
  • 10 Apr

    EASTER BISCUITS- Traditional recipe from the South West of England

    Posted by: Robert J.
    These were always on sale  around Easter in the area around Bath when I was a kid. They are large traditional spiced biscuits/cookies. 6 Oz plain flour 1 oz Corn Flour 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of allspice 4 Oz  Margarine 4 Oz caster sugar 1 Oz currants 1 Egg   Sift the ...
  • 2014

  • 4 Dec

    MULLED CLARET 18th cent recipe from Bath

    Posted by: Robert J.
    This is a favourite for Christmas. TAKE ONE QUART OF GOOD CLARET 2 ORANGES SLICED 4-5 CLOVES 12 SUGAR LUMPS 1 PINT OF BOILING WATER 1 WINE GLASS OF BRANDY 1 WINE GLASS OF ORANGE CURACAO   GRATED NUTMEG METHOD= Pour the Claret into a pan with the sliced oranges and ...
  • 27 Aug

    HARVEST SUPPER- HAM COOKED IN CIDER

    Posted by: Robert J.
    At this time of year the harvest is being gathered . In many rural communities it is still marked with a traditional harvest supper. This Ham is one of the things served.  1 KG(2.2 LB) HAM JOINT ( WE CALCULATE THE QUANTITY BASED ON 220 GRAMS OR  8 0Z PER PERSON WHEN CATERING FOR A LARGE ...
  • 27 Aug

    WELSH GRIDDLE CAKES

    Posted by: Robert J.
    Baked on a griddle iron in the garden for Tea. They dont last long! 8 OZ SELF RAISING FLOUR 3 OZ BUTTER 1/4 TEASPOON SALT 3 OZ CURRANTS   ( ALSO GOOD MADE WITH MIXED FRUIT) 3OZ SUGAR 1 EGG WATER 1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON 1/4 TEASPOON GROUND NUTMEG Rub the fat into the ...
  • 17 Aug

    DORSET APPLE CAKE

    Posted by: Robert J.
    The three south western most counties of England are known for Cream teas and also traditional apple orchards and Cider. This is a traditional spiced apple cake and  comes from  a Tea garden at Charmouth in  Dorsert. 9 0Z SELF RAISING  FLOUR 8 OZ COOKING APPLE( Bramleys seedling) finely ...
  • 17 Aug

    CORNISH CREAM TEA

    Posted by: Robert J.
    The traditional Cornish Cream Tea is served with splits rather than Scones and the splits are cut in half buttered then the Jam goes on first and clotted cream on top CORNISH SPLITS 750 g Strong white flour 115 grams unsalted butter 30 g lard 2 teaspoons  caster sugar 1 teaspoon ...
  • 17 Aug

    DEVONSHIRE CREAM TEA

    Posted by: Robert J.
    When I was a kid eating out in the garden was quite an alien concept in the uk with the exception of TEA in the garden. Devon in particular is known for its cream teas. I have even seen Devon Cream Teas in remote parts of New Zealand. FRESHLY BAKED SCONES SERVED WITH CLOTTED CREAM AND STRAWBERRY ...
  • 16 Aug

    ELDER FLOWER CORDIAL ( Sambucus nigra) popular summer drink

    Posted by: Robert J.
    The common Elder tree was used for a multitude of medicinal purposes and linked with superstition. The flowers can be made into this Cordial which has become very popular in recent years. The flowers can be made into wine and the berries   also produce a country wine.  ELDER FLOWER CORDIAL 2 ...
  • 16 Aug

    SLOE GIN ( Prunus spinosa)

    Posted by: Robert J.
    Made with Sloes which are commonly found in hedgerows in the UK. The Sloe or blackthorn Prunus spinosa can be made into a liquer this way.   HALF FILL A 1KILO JAR WITH SLOES WHICH HAVE BEEN WASHED AND  PRICKED WITH A FORK. ADD 125G SUGAR AND THEN FILL THE JAR WITH DRY GIN. SEAL THE JAR AND SHAKE ...
  • 16 Aug

    MEDLAR JELLY( Mespilis germanica)

    Posted by: Robert J.
     Medlars can be made into a deep mahogony red jelly which is good with cold meats at Christmas. 500g(1lb) very ripe Bletted Medlars best in late autumn. 170ml Water 375g Sugar Juice of half a lemon Combine the fruit and water in a pan, Simmer and cover until soft (90min app) Poour ...
  • 16 Aug

    SPAGHETTI WITH RUNNER BEANS AND SUN DRIED TOMATOES

    Posted by: Robert J.
    Do not be put off by the English title this is a simple recipe from Florence in Italy. 60ml extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves of garlic peeled and thinly sliced 400 grams of peeled plum tomatoes 500 g spaghetti 350grams of green beans trimmed 90 grams sun dired tomatoes ...
  • 16 Aug

    PICKLED SHALLOTS

    Posted by: Robert J.
    This year we have a good crop of shallots which are now ready to harvest.  Each year we store some for use in recipes such as Beef Bourgignon. We also pickle some for use with a ploughmans lunch or with cold meats and salads. Pickled properly they remain crisp for two years.This is a good time to ...
  • 14 Aug

    CUCUMBER SANDWICHES

    Posted by: Robert J.
    Normally  sandwiches in our house are of the doorstep variety. Thin Cucumber sandwiches are a traditional summer sandwich in the UK to serve with tea or Champagne!. This method is more refined and follows  garden party standards. This method /recipe was given to us years ago by one of the Palace ...
  • 14 Aug

    PEARS POACHED IN CLARET

    Posted by: Robert J.
    This is an old recipe from 1772. This year promises to be a good year for pears again. Such is the fecundity of nature we end up with loads of ripe fruit all at the same time. We give a lot away to friends and neighbours and preserve the rest. These are great served cold and can be bottled for ...
  • 13 Aug

    GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY

    Posted by: Robert J.
    A good way to use all those unripe green tomatoes at the end of the summer. It makes a rich preserve which goes well with cold meats particularly ham. Make it now to serve at Christmas. 1KG(2lb) GREEN TOMATOES CHOPPED 1.2 KG(2&1/2 LB) COOKING APPLES ( WGHT AFTER PEELING AND CORING) ...
  • 13 Aug

    BBQ- MADEIRAN ESPETADAS

    Posted by: Robert J.
    This is popular on the beautiful Island of Madeira. You will need some fresh bay leaves and some bay sticks( Laurus nobilis)  1&1/2 kg good lean steak in large cubes 8 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped 6 bay leaves some coarse crushes sea salt  1 cup of Madeira wine  Pound ...
  • 13 Aug

    MINESTRONE SOUP

    Posted by: Robert J.
     2 Medium sized onions finely chopped 2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped 3 new potatoes peeled and chopped 2 Large carrots finely chopped 2 sticks of celery finely chopped 2 zuccini halved down the middle length ways and chopped 1/4 white cabbage finely chopped two hand ...
  • 13 Aug

    TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP

    Posted by: Robert J.
    1 kg ripe  tomatoes(skins removed) 3 large cloves of garlic whole 1 level tablespoon full of fresh Basil finely chopped 500ml(1 pint) good vegetable stock salt and black pepper to season Roast the cloves of garlic. Usually 10 minutes in a hot oven is enough to soften the pulp. To ...
  • 10 Aug

    VEGETABLE RATATOUILLE

    Posted by: Robert J.
    It is good at this time of year to use all the fresh produce from the garden. This is good on its own or with other dishes  3 Large Onions peeled and chopped 4 Cloves of garlic peeled and sliced 2 Aubergines thickly sliced 2 Courgettes sliced 2 Red Peppers, 2 Yellow Peppers seeded ...
  • 8 Aug

    SUMMER FRUIT PUDDING

    Posted by: Robert J.
    At this time of year there is a plentiful harvest of soft fruit berries in the garden.  This recipe is a favourite when we have friends and family come to lunch in the garden and a good way to use mixed fruit berries. Needs to be made a day before. It is very simple to ...
  • 13 May

    Homemade Lawn Fertilizer

    Posted by: Jeanette S.
    Fertilizer can be made using ingredients you probably already have inside your home. While there are many recipes available, most have the same ingredients in common because they deliver vital nutrients and protection to your lawn. These ingredients include beer, soda, mouthwash, ammonia and dish ...