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Blueberry and Lemon Jam

Blueberry and Lemon Jam

This is a really simple way to make a very tasty preserve. Lizzie B’s recipe makes two jars, but if you grow your own blueberries, or find an economical source, you can simply double (or even triple) the quantities. She has only crushed half of the blueberries, as she likes a thick and fruity texture, […]

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 […]

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. […]

How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

Food historian and professional cook, Seren Hollins prepares some tempting gin infusions. Gin has a history. G&T may today seem perfectly civilised, but the idea of a ‘gin drinker’ sounds slightly seedy, and the term ‘mother’s ruin’ is still commonly used to describe this drink currently enjoying a huge and fashionable resurgence. To say gin […]

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 […]

Courgette Booster Bars

Courgette Booster Bars

LizzieB has come up with another ingenious way of working through the courgette glut with this tasty bars. The ingredients below make about 12 bars. INGREDIENTS 30ml (1 fl oz) oil 4 tbsp honey (or syrup) 3 tbsp peanut butter 150g (5¼oz) porridge oats 110g (4oz) courgette, peeled and grated 55g (2oz) apple, peeled and […]

Rhubarb Wine

Rhubarb Wine

Sylvia Kent shares one of her favourite county wines: INGREDIENTS 2kg pink rhubarb stalks                                                  250g sultanas, chopped 250g bananas, peeled 1kg granulated sugar 3.5 litres cooled boiled water 5g pectic enzyme Campden tablets 5g all-purpose wine yeast 5g yeast nutrient METHOD 1           Make up a starter bottle to activate the yeast.   PRE-ACTIVATING THE YEAST […]

How to Make Pimms Ice Lollies

How to Make Pimms Ice Lollies

Is it Pimm’s time yet? Contributor LizzieB’s Pimm’s ice lollies are a real treat for a summer party – not only do they taste great, they also look fabulous. These lollies are made with more traditional ingredients, including cucumber, strawberries and mint, but there is nothing to stop you adding whatever fruit you like. Simply […]

How to make Cider Vinegar

How to make Cider Vinegar

There are always some free apples for the taking in autumn, writes Elizabeth McCorquodale, whether from wildings, community orchards, or through social media sites like Freecycle, and making up a batch of apple cider vinegar is a cheap way of acidifying soil or making your own spot weedkiller. You can of course use it for […]

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