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Archive for July, 2016

Courgette Wine

Courgette Wine

Reader Andrew Homer’s recipe for courgette wine uses up an impressive full 5lb of courgettes, so will help with any excess of this prolific veg, to be drunk with Courgette Goujons or a little bit of Courgette Fudge Cake perhaps? INGREDIENTS 5lb courgettes 3lb white sugar (or use brown if you want a darker, rum-type […]

Sugar Free Pear Jam

Sugar Free Pear Jam

HF’s food historian, Seren Hollins, digs into her rationing cookbooks for inspiration to turn fruit into slightly more wholesome preserves. Like our recipe for parsnip cake this brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit (or veg) to sweeten. Whilst some recipes suggest replacing sugar with stevia this one uses the fruit’s natural sweetness and […]

The Original Bramley Apple Tree Is Dying

The Original Bramley Apple Tree Is Dying

No one knows whether the chicken or the egg came first, but there is definitely an original Bramley apple tree, which can be found in a cottage garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and sadly it is dying from a serious honey fungus infection. The tree – the original ‘mother’ of all Bramleys worldwide – was planted […]

The Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival 2016

The Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival 2016

  The Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival celebrates the very best of the region’s smallholding, horticulture, crafts and food, and is the nation’s premier event for small-scale agriculture and rural interests. The 2016 event will take place on Saturday 24th September at Lanark Agricultural Centre, and promises to be the biggest and best to date. […]

The Malvern Autumn Show 2016

The Malvern Autumn Show 2016

  Chef, Tom Kerridge, will headline the Malvern Autumn Show on Saturday 24th September, which celebrates the annual harvest with a feast of artisan produce, family entertainment and gardening royalty. Tom will be joined by Gardeners’ World stalwart Carol Klein; Anton du Beke (Sunday only) of Strictly Come Dancing fame; and Otter Farm’s Marc Diacono. […]

Gooseberry and Custard Tart

Gooseberry and Custard Tart

  What could be more refreshing than the tart but sweet taste of gooseberry, and what could possibly be a better complement than the delicious and comforting taste of custard. The Jammy Bodger‘s recipe is a wonderful taste of summer wrapped up in a delicious sea of comfort. INGREDIENTS FOR THE PASTRY 200g (7oz) plain […]

Ginger and Walnut Flapjacks

Ginger and Walnut Flapjacks

Ruth Tott’s recipe for Ginger and walnut flapjack is a real treat; a particularly rich and and stylish way to enjoy an afternoon tea, and delicious to boot! The combination of ginger and walnut is definitely a winning combination. INGREDIENTS 150g (5oz) butter 40g (1½oz) molasses sugar or dark soft brown sugar 3 heaped tbsp […]

Courgette Tea Bread

Courgette Tea Bread

This is actually Jennie Rutland’s kids’ favourite teatime treat, yet neither of them will eat courgettes in any other form – no one will ever guess the secret ingredient. This is a tea bread that is lovely warm or cold, and it’s great sliced and buttered. Alternatively, make a glaze using 3 tablespoons of lemon […]

Courgette Boats

Courgette Boats

LizzieB provides a great fun dish to make for the kids during the long summer holidays, and just perfect for getting them to eat one or more of their ‘5 a day’ while using up a courgette glut. Serve with mashed potato, rice or chips (my own four-year-old’s favourite) and additional vegetables of your choice. […]

Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

See also: Butchering your own lamb A viable self-sufficiency checklist It will come as no surprise that small and independent family farms face considerable difficulties, and a major new independent study commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund into the future of such businesses across the UK has revealed a steep decline in numbers since the […]

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