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Archive for December, 2016

Easy to Make Florentines

Easy to Make Florentines

Magical little bites of sweet, crispy, fruit and nuts dipped in chocolate, is how LizzieB describes these. She has tried almost every variation of nuts, fruit and chocolate, but has finally decided on this recipe as her favourite, which uses dark chocolate, flaked almonds and dried apricots – and she’s also known to add the […]

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A Simple Baklava Recipe

A Simple Baklava Recipe

This Middle Eastern delight looks amazing, and also looks as though it might be rather complicated to make. The reality is that it’s nowhere near as hard as it looks, and LizzieB’s super-easy edible gift recipe really has the ‘wow’ factor. INGREDIENTS 1 packet filo pastry 200g caster sugar 175g honey 250g unsalted butter 500g […]

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Caring for Poinsettias

Caring for Poinsettias

These glorious, loud plants line up in the shops at this time of year like a veritable red Christmas army. This plant has come come to be as much a part of Christmas ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Morecombe and Wise, Turkey Sandwiches and decking them halls. It’s the largest potted flower crop grown in the […]

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Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. I heard him interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme immediately after the 7 o’clock news, and his attitude was calm and relaxed, although he was emphatic about concerns for the UK poultry […]

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

  Firstly a warning. Shabby chic and chickens coops do not go, says Terry Beebe. So don’t be tempted to think that decaying collection of timber that once was a poultry ark and is now a green, rotting mass of wood is in anyway suitable for housing livestock. It’s not and should be taken to […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Christmas Dog Treats

Christmas Dog Treats

Forthglade, the natural pet food company from Devon, have sent us this recipe for making turkey and cranberry treats for the pampered pooch in our lives – and why not? Christmas isn’t just for us humans. Ingredients 130 grams oat flour 20 grams almond flour 60 grams dried cranberries 120 grams shredded turkey leftovers 2 […]

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How to Make Coconut Ice

How to Make Coconut Ice

I’ve adapted the recipe for Bounty Bars to make no-cooking needed coconut ice. Personally I prefer it to the more traditional Coconut Ice recipe. It’s certainly easy to make and gets better if left to ‘cure’ for a couple of days. INGREDIENTS 200ml condensed milk 150g desiccated coconut 400g icing sugar pink food colouring METHOD […]

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Never Fail Gingerbread

Never Fail Gingerbread

Gingerbread sounds so inviting, especially around Autumn time. Often, though, it can promise more than it actually delivers with you have a job tasting any ginger. This recipe, sent in by Mrs Gwen Arthur of Meifod,  comes from my mum’s copy of ‘The Second Jimmy Young Cookbook,’ a source of ‘real cooking, by real folk’ […]

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