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in The Kitchen

WHITE CHOCOLATE TIFFIN CAKE

WHITE CHOCOLATE TIFFIN CAKE

Tiffin is easy to make and you can decorate it with either white chocolate with cranberries, dark chocolate, or even a mixture of the two. The choice is yours. We always called this Chocolate Crumb Cake when I was young, and it still remains a strong family favourite. My mum used to save up all […]

HAZELNUT MACAROONS

HAZELNUT MACAROONS

These Hazelnut Macaroons are wickedly moreish so you’ve been warned! This recipe is often made using pistachios, well, I didn’t have any pistachios so I settled for what I had in the cupboard at the time: hazelnuts and walnuts, and in the spirit of thrift I thought – why not? Great British Bake Off take […]

TIFFIN NO-BAKE FRIDGE CAKE

TIFFIN NO-BAKE FRIDGE CAKE

Our thanks to Suzanne Miller for sharing this recipe for her family favourite Tiffin. A no-bake cake that cooks in the fridge. Of course some folk may just call Tiffin biscuit crumb cake and but there’s something quite magical about Tiffin for Tea. You will need: 1 packet shortcake biscuits, crushed into crumbs 75g margarine […]

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

Renewable Energy

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Renewable Energy on a Small Scale

Renewable Energy on a Small Scale

With new Feed in Tariffs available, John Butterworth looks at the best options for renewable energy sources around the home farm  Article Home Farmer May 2011 by John Butterworth. As Home Farmer readers, I’m guessing that you’re not likely to construct an offshore wind farm (or an onshore one, come to that), but maybe you’ve […]

Crafts

Free Egg Cosy Knitting Pattern

Free Egg Cosy Knitting Pattern

These cute little ‘egg hats’ are very, very quick to do and use up oddments of yarn – perfect for fund raising craft stalls. We’ve created this pattern for Lucky Hen’s Rescue who do a fantastic job re-homing rescue chickens in the North West of England and supporting community groups in the area. If you would […]

How to Make a Fence out of a Pallet

How to Make a Fence out of a Pallet

Love this guy! Speaks down-to-earth Home Farmer language. Here he is showing us how to make a fence out of a pallet. Loads of tips too. Love it. Good even put up with the tongue in cheek intro. Enjoy.

How to break down a pallet

How to break down a pallet

There are quite a few videos covering this topic – we like this one because DIY-er lets actions speak loader than words. It has no irritating music. Very functional, very practical showing all you need to know.

How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

Stephen Chilcott shares with Home Farmer his plans for how to make three-tier planter. If towns have shot skywards, then so too can gardens… So, let’s go ‘no-dig’ and let’s go onwards and upwards, piling vegetable beds up into the sky, one on top of the other! By this I mean raised beds or planters […]

Livestock

Safety on the Farm – Pigs

Safety on the Farm – Pigs

From farrowing to grow finishing, pig farming is a messy business. In addition to the dangers all farmers face, like dealing with animals, operating heavy machinery, loud noise exposure and heavy lifting, you have special concerns unique to pig farm employees. There are three common risks associated with working at a pig farm. Respiratory Problems […]

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations: Why is it needed? The pollinator population has seen a decline in recent years, which has raised concern amongst a number of organisations across the world. The reduction of animal pollinators can have diverse effects on many ecosystems throughout the world, as Plants are a primary food source for animals. Plants […]

Chicken Treat Recipe – Chicken Cobbler

Chicken Treat Recipe – Chicken Cobbler

Chicken treats to buy can cost a small fortune. Why not make them?

Controlling Ragwort

Controlling Ragwort

At the recent smallholder event in Ardingly someone came to our stand and talked at length about the problems of ragwort for livestock, and suggested we cover it in Home Farmer. In fact we have covered controlling ragwort in an article by Heidi M. Sands. For anyone concerned about ragwort and how to protect livestock […]

The Kitchen Garden

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

COMMUNITY APPLE PRESSING

COMMUNITY APPLE PRESSING

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

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations

Protecting Struggling Pollinator Populations: Why is it needed? The pollinator population has seen a decline in recent years, which has raised concern amongst a number of organisations across the world. The reduction of animal pollinators can have diverse effects on many ecosystems throughout the world, as Plants are a primary food source for animals. Plants […]