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Our Cheese Making Shop is Open

Our Cheese Making Shop is Open

It maybe a bit cheesy but following various readers asking about equipment for making cheese we’ve decided to stock some of the basics and kits ideal for the beginner. We are now stocking rennet, starter cultures, moulds, presses and kits for both hard and soft cheese making. So if you’re feel inspired  to make your […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

in The Kitchen

Cherry Berry White Chocolate Truffles

Cherry Berry White Chocolate Truffles

These are particularly easy to make, and I love the fact that you can make up the basic ‘ganache’ and then pop it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. INGREDIENTS 150g raspberries (fresh or frozen) 60g glacé cherries 400g white chocolate 50g unsalted butter 50g crème fraiche Chocolate flakes (to coat […]

By November 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Limoncello

How to Make Limoncello

Limoncello is refreshing and very, very cool but what a price! This simple recipe for how to make limoncello shows you just how easy it is to make. I think you’ve paying for the lovely shaped bottle in the shops. INGREDIENTS 10 unwaxed lemons 1 litre vodka (at least 40%) 500g white sugar (white gives […]

By October 12, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Making Raspberry Gin

Making Raspberry Gin

This takes 3 months to mature so if you are planning on making raspberry gin for drinking or giving at Christmas begin it in October. It’s a beautiful, jewel-like coloured drink. You can substitute the raspberries for strawberries and gin for vodka. INGREDIENTS 700ml gin 400g frozen raspberries 250g caster sugar A few cloves A […]

By October 12, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Seren Evans-Charrington’s Sticky Salted Caramel Apple Jam

Seren Evans-Charrington’s Sticky Salted Caramel Apple Jam

Reminiscent of traditional toffee apples from childhood, the creator of this recipe, food historian and preserver, Seren Evans-Charrington, refers to it as an ‘instant gratification’ jam. It will not keep for very long but is an instant sweet fix for devouring in great gluttonous dollops without consideration for tomorrow. A jam not for the purist […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Renewable Energy

E.Coli to the Rescue

E.Coli to the Rescue

E.Coli to the rescue – probably one of the less likely phrases you might expect to come across. Universally it has quite rightly always been considered one of Nature’s real bad guys, but in the same way that John McVicar became a force for good, British and Finnish scientists have been using E.Coli to create […]

Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Article by Joanne Brannan June 2012 Home Farmer Many solar cookers are either complicated to construct, very expensive to buy, or suitable only for climates far sunnier than ours here in the UK. But there is one simple solar cooker design that costs next to nothing to build and works remarkably well, even here! When […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
DIY solar-power for the shed or poultry house

DIY solar-power for the shed or poultry house

John Butterworth ‘sheds light’ on a simple DIY solar-powered system for illuminating your hen-house or running an electric fence. Home Farmer September 2011 Always a drawback, isn’t it, to have a shed too far away from a mains supply? It makes you realise just how much we rely on power-on-tap these days. Maybe you need […]

By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Renewable Energy – Heat Generators

Renewable Energy – Heat Generators

John Butterworth, author of Woodburning, continues his search for affordable sources of renewable energy for the home – Heat Generators, Article Home Farmer June 2011 Part 1 of this article Heat is usually classed as ‘low-grade’ energy because it’s not very versatile – we can heat water or space with it, but unlike electricity it’s […]

By October 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Crafts

Free Knitting pattern – Slippers

Free Knitting pattern – Slippers

Very snug and very easy to knit, these under-shoe slippers can either be worn as slippers in the house or kept on beneath your backdoor shoes or wellies when nipping out into the garden to shut the chooks up for the night or to pick a few herbs for the meal. REQUIREMENTS 1 ball chunky […]

By November 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Gift Box out of Paper

How to Make a Gift Box out of Paper

Always been a bit of a mystery to me, this box making stuff. Even I’ve managed to follow this. This vid clearly shows you how to make a gift box out of paper.

By October 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Making a Christmas Wreath

Making a Christmas Wreath

Joanne Mudhar provides step-by-step instructions for making a Christmas wreath that’s sustainable and compostable. I’m always shocked by the price of ‘natural’ Christmas decorations in the shops at this time of year. More often than not they are full of plastic too, with just a couple of pine cones or cinnamon sticks thrown in to […]

By October 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
A Feast for All Yarn Addicts

A Feast for All Yarn Addicts

Last Sunday I drove over ‘dem der hills’ into North Yorkshire to visit the much blogged about Yarndale. A woolly feast of colour and textures that leaves any self-confessed wool junkie giddy with excitement and slightly short of breath. def. Yarndale =  n.“A creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful”, Rather humbly, but wholly […]

By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Livestock

Rare Breed Sales

Rare Breed Sales

Every autumn sees a series of rare breed sales around the country, with three of the best-known being in Melton Mowbray, York and Carlisle, although there are many more equally important smaller venues up and down the country too, and some even larger ones, no doubt. As events they are not designed to be a […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Goose Survey 2014

The Goose Survey 2014

The Goose Survey 2014 is a joint initiative between the Goose Club, the RBST and Defra, and is designed to determine the health of ‘at risk’ breeds − the Brecon Buff, the Grey/Buff Back, the Pilgrim, the Shetland (pictured above, photo courtesy of Mary Isbister), the West of England, the Sebastopol, the Embden and the […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mass Poisoning of Wild Bees

Mass Poisoning of Wild Bees

Mass Poisoning of Wild Bees One of the worst ever incidents of mass poisoning of wild bees in the UK came come to light when almost 500 bumblebee queens were found dead and dying on the outskirts of London. The incident occurred in Havering, East London, next to a field of Oil seed rape that […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Raw Milk – a Real Treat from Bygone Times

Raw Milk – a Real Treat from Bygone Times

Food is political, but milk is extremely political. Farmers complain about the payment they receive for it, and the government doesn’t want to offend the farming community, but what the group farmers are complaining about includes supermarkets, and the government really doesn’t want to offend them. Supermarkets require milk as a loss-leader (together with bananas, […]

By September 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

Are rising food prices forcing more people to consider growing their own food?
By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mulberries – by Elizabeth McCorquodale

Mulberries – by Elizabeth McCorquodale

If, just for a moment, we disregard the fruit of this ancient tree and concentrate instead on the leaves and the flowers; if we forget about the juiciness of the purple berries and think instead of worms and international espionage; if we think of scientific record-breakers and then, and only then, do we add into […]

SMALL-SCALE CIDER MAKING

SMALL-SCALE CIDER MAKING

Dr Nevin Stewart demonstrates his method of Juice & Strain, ideal for small-scale cider making and easy to make but delicious apple juice. Ideal if you have a couple of apple trees and a good yield of fruit.  Full article in August 2013 Home Farmer

By August 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
COMMUNITY APPLE PRESSING

COMMUNITY APPLE PRESSING

An example of community apple pressing from the Blackdowns Transition Group. All clubbing together to fund equipment.

By August 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →