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Elderflower Champagne Recipe - A fond memory of my childhood...

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You know summer is finaly here when the elderflowers are blooming. They always remind me of the walks I used to take with my mum as a child.  We would walk along the country lane to the river and collect the elderflower blooms to make Elderflower Champagne. My mum would use a big bucket with water, sugar, lemons and the flower heads and leave them overnight or a little longer.  She used plastic pop bottles to strain the fragrant liquid into (glass ones had exploded previously and the plastic one seemed to fair better).  She would keep the bottles in her wardrobe and we would wait impatiently for them to be ready. It was always worth the wait, Elderflower Champagne is such a glorious taste of summer.  It really is summer in a glass.  If you have never tried it before I urge you to give it a go... Elderflower Champagne Ingredients 8-10 elderflower heads 4 cups sugar 3 pints of hot water 6 pints cold water 4 lemons Add the hot water and sugar to a large

Best Ever Salad Dressing - Mum's secret recipe, makes everything taste delicious (not just for salads...)

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Hello friends, I have a super quick and easy recipe to share with you today.  My mum used to make the most amazing salads and the secret was always her salad dressing.  I have been using it for many years now and no matter what you put it on, it makes it taste delicious. We use it on salads (of course), but it's also great on steamed vegetables, new potatoes, pasta salads and I am sure you could think of some more uses for it.  It is super simple to make too and you can keep it in the fridge for ages. Best Ever Salad Dressing Ingredients Oil (olive or your favourite) White wine vinegar Salt (pinch) Sugar (pinch) Black pepper (pinch) 2 garlic cloves Using an empty jam jar, add 1 part vinegar to 4 parts oil.  You can use any oil for this, I like to use a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil (this stops the olive oil from setting when you store it in the fridge).  You can also use red wine vinegar or balsamic if you prefer.

Super Easy No Knead Bread - Store Cupboard Recipe

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This bread is so simple and can be made from ingredients you already have in your pantry.  The finished loaf is very similar to ciabatta.  It's delicious for sandwiches the day it's baked and perfect for toast or bruschetta the next day. No kneading is required as the dough is left over night and time does all the work for you. Easy Peasy No Knead Bread Ingredients 3 cups flour (bread flour or plain flour) 1½ cups water 1tsp salt ½tsp dried yeast Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.  It should form a very sticky dough, with the consistency of very thick porridge. Cover with cling film or a damp tea towel and leave overnight.  The next morning the dough should look bubbly and frothy. Turn out onto a very well floured work surface and dust the dough and your hands with flour. shape the dough with your hands by gently turning around and under, until if forms a round loaf shape Leave to rest for 30 mins.  Meanwhile

Mum's Meatloaf - A fond memory of my childhood...

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.  Mostly here in Windsor we have had a very mild winter, but I know many of you have been having snow and storms and at this time of year we are all craving some comfort food. I have fond childhood memories of on such days eating my Mum's meatloaf.  She would serve it up with a steaming pile of buttery mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables and now I make it for my son and he loves it too. The recipe is also very versatile, while my mother only used it to make meatloaf, it also makes delicious meatballs and burgers.  So I thought I would share the recipe with you all, my Mum's Meatloaf... Mum's Meatloaf Ingredients 500g beef mince 5 or 6 lincolnshire sausages (skinned) Tomato ketchup (1-2 tbsp) Brown Sauce (1-2 tbsp) 1 onion (finely chopped) Salt & pepper to taste 1 egg Preheat oven to 180℃ In a large bowl add all the ingredients and with your hands mix everything together, give it a really

Spiced Orange & Pumpkin Cake - A great way to use up all those winter squash, try it, it's delicious...

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Hello everyone.  I have another recipe to share with you today.  This is a family favourite of ours, Little T particularly loves it.  As some of you know we have an allotment, where we grow our own fruit and veg.  For those of you over the pond who may not know what an allotment is, it's a small plot of land rented from either a private landlord or by the local council.  It's a great way to get outside and grow your own food and you get to meet lots of lovely people too.  We live in a very small flat and so with no garden of our own, our allotment is our little outdoor space. In the autumn we harvested many, many winter squashes.  These store over the winter really well and will last until around March or April.  It's about this time of year that I start to process any of the squash that we have left for storing in the freezer.  I simply boil, mash and freeze.  You can use any kind of winter squash or pumpkin for this recipe, so if you don't grow your own, most s

Boxing Day Pie - Use up all those leftovers from Christmas lunch and make this delicious pie...

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We like to go all out for Christmas lunch in our house.  We have the traditional English Christmas fare of, turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and parsnips, sprouts and more.  So as I'm sure you can understand, there are a lot of leftovers, but, not wanting anything to go to waste we always have a delicious turkey pie on Boxing Day, to use them all up and I thought you might like to try it too... Boxing Day Pie Ingredients (serves 4-6) 2 leeks Double cream 1 sheet of ready rolled pastry (short or puff is fine) Stilton cheese (optional) 1 heaped tsp plain flour Christmas Lunch Leftovers Turkey, veg, stuffing, pigs in blankets, gravy Wash and slice the leeks and gently fry them in a little oil.  We use olive oil, but you can use your favourite. Cut your cold turkey into chunks and add to a pie dish Do the same with leftover veg, stuffing and pigs in blankets (you really can use whatever leftovers you have) Once the leeks are sof

Christmas Bread & Butter Pudding - A delicious way to use up stale bread - Christmas craft along...

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Hello friends.  I have something a little unusual to share with you today.  I'm not really sure if cooking counts as a craft, but I thought it would make a nice change to do something different.   I always like to cook a nice roast for Sunday lunch and finish it off with some kind of homemade pudding.  During the week we try to be a bit more healthy, so the weekend is time for treating ourselves, especially as it's almost Christmas. Although I do love to cook, I am not really much of a baker.  All that faffing around weighing stuff and being precise, it's just not me.  I like to experiment and just chuck stuff in when I'm cooking, so I tend to stick to a few deserts that I can make, without needing to check a recipe or watch Youtube.  Bread and Butter Pudding is one of my goto puddings, as it's so simple and can be adapted to suit your mood.  One of our favourite ways of making it is with chocolate spread sandwiches.  So yummy!  So I thought why not try and ma

Recipe - Bramble Berry Vodka

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This hot weather has been doing crazy things to our berry patch at the kitchen garden.  We have so many berries ready for picking and many more ripening on the bushes.  Little T has been really enjoying picking them and enjoying the berry crumbles even more.  A couple of years ago I made some blackberry vodka and it was delicious, so I thought I might have a go at a mixed berry version.  He's how I made it... Bramble Berry Vodka You will need... A few handfuls of berries (we used blackberries and the mystery berries, you can read about them here ) Sugar to taste (around 150 g) Vodka (the cheap kind is fine) A large jar First give the berries a good wash... ...then add them to your jar... ...tip in the sugar... ...and cover with vodka.   Give the jar a good shake and leave in a cool dark place for a few weeks shaking every day until the sugar is dissolved. When your vodka is ready it will be look all gorgeous and b

Zombie Meatloaf with Mashed Brains

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So getting in the Halloween mood, today we had Zombie Meatloaf with Mashed Brains for lunch. We used this fantastic meatloaf recipe by Chef John of Food Wishes and you can watch how to make it here I think our zombie may need the dentist! For the Mashed Brains... Simply boil up a few potatoes with some beetroot and mash.  Add a little cream, a nob of butter and season with a pinch of salt.  Totally gruesome! x

Pumpkin Treacle Tart Recipe

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Hello lovely people.  Well it just feels like summer again here.  The last few days have been gloriously warm.  I spent the whole day yesterday with little T at our allotment garden.  It was so lovely to just sit and watch the bees buzzing around and listen to the birds singing.  There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of British bird song.  We got quite a bit of work done too, dug up some more potatoes, a bit of weeding, harvested all of our corn (something had totally stripped a few of the cobs, rats maybe?  So thought it had better be harvested before they got the lot).  Little T planted some cabbage and Kale seedlings and some onions and garlic in his garden too... We harvested our largest pumpkin last week even though it wasn't completely ripe (something had been nibbling it).  It was quite a beauty we tried to weigh it and got an EEEE message, too heavy for the kitchen scales.  Tried the bathroom ones next and it came in at just over 2 stone.  Not bad for our firs

Will My Courgettes Ever Stop Growing?

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Well hello everyone.  It's been a long time again (I know I promised).  This year has just been super busy.  Lot's of blankets selling in my shop and lot's of time spent in our allotment garden.   It has been amazing having a green space for little T to play outside in and also a great bonus being able to eat what we have been growing...  Which to be completely honest, was mostly courgettes (zucchini to those of you across the pond).   Apparently 4 courgette plants is enough to keep a large family going all summer.  We had 11.  Suffice it to say they were coming out of our ears... and they are still growing.  We have had them roasted, stir fried, steamed, we have had courgette soup, courgette pasta, courgette risotto, courgette pizza, courgette fritatta, courgette bread, courgette cake and far too many other things to list.  I even tried making jam with them (it was OK...but not the greatest jam I have ever made). The potatoes also did really well.  I still