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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 […]

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 […]

Making a Simple Mead

Making a Simple Mead

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for making a simple mead drink. 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 […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Gorse Wine

How to Make Gorse Wine

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for Gorse wine: There are often many different wild flowers growing on allotments, and in fields and meadows in spring but one age-old plant that always seems to be in bloom, whatever the weather and season, is gorse (Ulex europaeus). There’s even an old country saying that goes: “When […]

By January 12, 2017 3 Comments Read More →

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