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Dandelion and Burdock Wine

Dandelion and Burdock Wine

This particular drink has been around for hundreds of years. The dandelion makes its earliest appearances in March and April, particularly on sunny days. Taraxacum officinale is its Latin name, but as children we knew it as ‘wee the bed’, or for the more romantically inclined, ‘love’s oracle’. These golden, daisy-like flowers are traditionally gathered […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Making Wine out of Jam

Making Wine out of Jam

  Sylvia Kent creates two fruit wines using home-made jam and marmalade. Many of the nation’s winemakers – whose interests often lie more in the cosiness of a warm kitchen – have no doubt already got started in the business of creating new and imaginative variations of many favourite wines. Although in the warmer months […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Honey Beer

  This extract from the highly regarded book, Viable Self-Sufficiency, for honey beer is one of Tim Tyne’s tried, and very much tested, tipples. The ingredients listed below makes a gallon of beer. INGREDIENTS 1lb honey ½ oz dried hops 4oz dark brown sugar Water Brewers’ yeast Granulated sugar for priming (1 tsp per bottle) […]

By November 27, 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 →
Rowan Liqueur

Rowan Liqueur

An unusual use for rowan berries is derived from a Victorian liqueur recipe – a nice touch for the Christmas table or other celebration. This is Heidi Sand’s simple recipe, which could be varied with the addition of other hedge fruits, including rose-hips or blackberries. INGREDIENTS A good handful of clean rowan berries ½ litre […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Plum Table Wine

Plum Table Wine

The plum family has an extraordinary variety of flavour and colour range, from green and pale gold to pink, red and deep purple. The resulting wines vary accordingly, but most fall into the range of a delicate rosé – unless blended with elderberries. Victoria is the variety of plum I love best of all; it’s […]

By October 14, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Making Mead

Making Mead

Mead has been popular going right back to Anglo-Saxon times, particularly for special occasions. It was widely made and drunk in pre-Reformation monasteries, and it was often monks who did much to improve bee-keeping standards at the time. Mead was often served in a wooden beaker called a ‘mazer’, and these famous ‘loving cups’, with […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Rosehip Wine

Rosehip Wine

Rose-hips from the wild rose (Rosa rugosa) have been used for centuries for food, drink and medicine. They can be found in many hedgerows, but health food stores and brewing shops also stock rose-hip shells, and you only require small quantities. Rose-hips don’t have much flesh beneath the skin, and are filled with tiny seeds […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner beans are wonderful cooked quickly and served with butter, but there often comes a point when we need to find different ways of using them, perhaps as an ingredient in chutneys and pickles, and, of course, in a multitude of vegetarian dishes. Sylvia Kent turns a couple of pounds of runner beans into a […]

By August 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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