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Author Archive: Ruth Tott

Ruth Tott is the publisher of Home Farmer Magazine, and together with her husband, Paul Melnyczuk, Editor,is founder of the company. But her background is far removed having specialised in Costume History with a Post-Grad diploma in Museum Studies to boot. A far cry from looking after chickens, growing veg and making bread!

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Tia Maria Ice Cream

Tia Maria Ice Cream

Reader Claire Boley’s wonderfully luxurious ice cream dessert ideal for those who are not keen on Christmas pudding. Ingredients 4 egg yolks 220g thick honey 1 pint double cream 57g Tia Maria (measure carefully – if you use too much it will not set) Method Whisk the egg yolks with the honey until the mixture […]

By November 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Bath Tea Bags

Bath Tea Bags

These muslin sachets, often called Tub Teas, can be hung form the taps, so the water runs through them while you are running your bath. Each bag can be used twice. Dry thoroughly after the first use, then use again before discarding the mixture ready for refilling. *Instead of herbs you can use the contents […]

By November 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Using Left-overs to make Dog Biscuits

Using Left-overs to make Dog Biscuits

Here’s a useful recipe sent in by reader M Cleaver in Northampton for using up left-overs to make a batch of dog biscuits. Ingredients 450g wholemeal plain flour 50g beef or lamb dripping and/or oil from tinned fish Leftover gravy mixed to 560ml with water and an egg ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon curry powder […]

By November 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Amaretto Trifle

Amaretto Trifle

City Cottage’s Diana Peacock’s Amaretto Trifle is definitely one for special occasions. The amaretto goes so well with the apricots. INGREDIENTS 12–15 amaretti biscuits, crushed until quite fine 4 tbsp amaretto liqueur 1 can apricots in juice 350ml/12fl oz whole milk 1/2 tsp almond extract 2 tbsp corn flour 1 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 […]

By November 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Linda MacDonald Brown, author of Pigs for the Freezer, considers the possibility of keeping pigs in your garden. The idea of keeping a couple of pigs in your garden can be a scary one – after all, there is a huge difference between keeping a few chickens for their eggs and two pigs for their […]

By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Elizabeth McCorquodale creates some easy-to-make, fun and personalised home-made Christmas presents, many using either home-grown or recycled materials I love making things from scratch, and throughout the year I set aside interesting bits and pieces – pretty jars or bottles, old cutlery, even old cans – that I can use later to make something for […]

By November 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Seaweed on the Garden

Seaweed on the Garden

Frank Beswick gives advice on collection and processing seaweed to apply to your plot. WHEN MY SON returned to England after a year abroad, he needed to put a bit of weight back on. Needless to say, maternal instinct kicked in and his mother cooked him a full roast dinner, with all the vegetables coming […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
BHWT Rehoming Day

BHWT Rehoming Day

Back in 2009, in the relatively early days of Home Farmer, I spent time with Adele Hall, the Trust’s regional co-ordinator for the northwest and the gang of volunteers on one of their rehoming days. Prompted by a call-out from the BHWT who want to get more co-ordinators I’ve revisited the article I wrote as […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

Try Elizabeth McCorquodale’s rhubarb crumble muffins for a superb ‘deconstruction’ of one of the all-time great crumble recipes. The ingredients list below makes 12 muffins. INGREDIENTS FOR THE RHUBARB FILLING 3 cups rhubarb, trimmed and chopped quite small ½ cup white sugar  Juice and rind of 1 orange FOR THE MUFFINS 1½ cups self-raising flour  […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Make your Own Baileys Cream

Make your Own Baileys Cream

After a 9 hour journey from the Hebrides to our house, just before last Christmas, my tired and eager for relaxation, sister-in-law came into the house, and wearily said what she really, really fancied was a Bailey’s Irish Cream. Whoops. We had everything else, we had the advocaat in memory of my late mother-in-law, we […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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