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Archive for October, 2015

How to Grow Your Own Christmas Tree

How to Grow Your Own Christmas Tree

John Butterworth puts together advice on how to grow your own Christmas Tree – and remember, it’s not just for this Christmas! See also: Five Unusual Fruit Trees to Grow How to Grow Hops   Christmas Trees have got increasingly expensive, and it goes right against the grain to buy a ‘real’ tree that’s been […]

By October 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Cinnamon Biscuits

Cinnamon Biscuits

These melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon biscuits have a real nutty crunch. This recipe makes approximately forty -depending on the size of your cookie cutter. See also: Vanilla Kipferl   INGREDIENTS 3 large egg whites 250g (9oz) icing sugar 1 tsp cinnamon – and ½ tsp more for luck 350g (12oz) ground hazelnuts   METHOD 1           Preheat the […]

By October 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Our thanks Shelia Hardcastle for this recipe for ‘Perfect Pumpkin Pie’. I first stumbled on pre-mixed spice mixes for Pumpkin Pie (and other pies) in the States. The mixes are easy enough to make up ahead of time. The quantities below express our own family preference – you can, of course, play with the quantities […]

By October 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Vision of a World Governed by TTIP

A Vision of a World Governed by TTIP

Across Europe there is strong opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated by the EU and the US. Curiously, these discussions are kept hidden from the general public – itself a worrying fact – so most of us have had to draw our own conclusions based on other trade agreements […]

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

These Pumpkin Muffins make a perfect autumnal breakfast, brunch or teatime treat. Try serving them with mulled apple juice. See also: Extreme Pumpkin Carving Using up the pumpkins insides Growing Pumpkins – A beginners Guide   INGREDIENTS 225g pumpkin flesh 2 eggs ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp cloves 125ml milk 50ml honey 50g brown sugar […]

By October 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Giant Bird Food Wreath

Giant Bird Food Wreath

Our big thanks to Melissa Gillan, blogger at The Aran Artisan –  thearanartisan.com for allowing us to share her how-to guide, in pictures, to make this spectacular giant Autumn bird food wreath. What a great idea! See also: Natural Wreath   Gather together long, supple twigs, tie in to form a large circle. Also get […]

By October 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Tarporley Allotments and Bowling Club

Tarporley Allotments and Bowling Club

Tarporley Allotments and Bowling Club is a private allotment site in Cheshire that has recently been sold to a development company by previous owner, The Royal British Legion (RBL). The site is located in the heart of the village and combines a bowling club with about fifty members and thirty-nine allotment plots. The site is […]

Glyphosate Found in Bread

Glyphosate Found in Bread

Glyphosate is the most widely sold weedkiller in the world, and is the active ingredient in Roundup. Big chemical companies advise farmers to spray their wheat crops with it a few weeks before harvest. Government figures show its use in UK farming has increased by 400 per cent in the last twenty years, and nearly […]

Is this the end of Fracking…or Renewables?

Is this the end of Fracking…or Renewables?

As the UK government attempts to limit local democracy in the UK to force through fracking, and goes cap in hand to the Chinese to enable its nuclear ambitions, it seems the Americans have done a U-turn – apparently, solar and wind power are surging forward as shale gas and coal falter. It seems that […]

Lemon Crumble Tray Bake

Lemon Crumble Tray Bake

Diana Sutton’s recipe for Lemon Crumble Tray Bake uses shortbread with a shot of lemon curd for extra zing in the base. The lemon curd can be substituted for orange or any other curd too. Gooseberry Curd would go rather well. See also: Lemony Lemon Curd Sticky Walnut Toffee Tray Bake Gooseberry Curd   INGREDIENTS […]

By October 22, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

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