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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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Fidget Pie

Fidget Pie

Fidget Spinners are this year’s hot toy – about time then that we got LizzieBs recipe for Fidget Pie on our site. This is a real heritage recipe from the county that was in danger of becoming lost until it was recently revitalised by TV’s Hairy Bikers. There are a number of theories surrounding the […]

Kefir Bread

Kefir Bread

Kefir is considered to be good for restoring lost microbes in your gut. You create your own ‘mother’ kefir from kefir grains. This is a useful way of using up the ‘kefir milk’ and imparts a lovely flavour to the finished bread. INGREDIENTS – FOR THE STARTER 320g strong white bread flour ½ pint kefir […]

HF Guide to Fermenting Food

HF Guide to Fermenting Food

Seren Hollins looks at fermentation as a way to preserve and enhance food – an ancient form of storing produce as well as using Kefir as an ingredient. Kefir is reputed to be very beneficial in restoring important gut microbes and is generally good for all-round health. Throughout history, mankind has used fermentation to preserve […]

Weeds – friend or foe?

Weeds – friend or foe?

Whilst acknowledging the inconvenience of weeds in a garden, award-winning gardening and environment author, John Walker, extolls their wider and more important value to our ecosystem in his latest book, Weeds. (Please see the offer at the end of this article)  @earthFgardener www.earthfriendlygardener.net Weeds are amazing. When I stumble upon a clump of creeping thistle, […]

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

A couple of weeks back we were invited along to Blarbuie Woodland Open Day by a neighbour (thank you, Lynda!) …Open Day? Perhaps the term Open Day is a misnomer, as it seems to me that this most active of groups every day of the week is really an open day – although I’m sure […]

Blackcurrant Ripple Ice Cream

Blackcurrant Ripple Ice Cream

The bushes are dripping with blackcurrants – time to make this ice cream with a seam of delicious, feisty blackcurrant sauce running throughout. When preparing the fruit don’t worry too much about removing the stalks and whatnot (some of it impossible anyway), you will be sieving through to remove the gubbins during the process anyway. […]

‘Raised without Antibiotics’ Bacon

‘Raised without Antibiotics’ Bacon

ALTHOUGH IT HAS to be said that many smallholders have probably produced bacon free from antibiotic use, spoiltpig has become the first company to produce a guaranteed ‘raised without antibiotics’ bacon, with any pigs requiring antibiotic treatment simply removed from the product-specific herd for use elsewhere as regular ‘RSPCA approved’. The launch of the product has […]

All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

If you’ve not worked with electric netting before setting up a new system can appear daunting. But there is lot’s of help and advice available and the systems in use now are safe and easy to install. We’ve asked the experts at Electric Fencing Direct to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about […]

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Gin

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Gin

This ‘British Bake-off’ inspired twist on the traditional afternoon lemon drizzle cake uses gin in the topping. I used some drops of lemon essence to give it more lemon-omph in addition to the lemons and added stemmed ginger for even more ‘POW’. Ingredients 175g butter, at room temperature 175g caster sugar 2 large eggs, beaten […]

Blog for Home Farmer

Blog for Home Farmer

  Do you blog about your kitchen garden? Are you constantly blogging about your recipes and just can’t help sharing on Instagram? Do you twitter about day-to-day happenings on your smallholding? If you want to share with Home Farmer readers why not become a guest blogger with links back to your blog. We can even […]

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