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Apr 12th, 2016

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Eight Plait Loaf

I had a go at Paul Holywood’s famous eight plait loaf (which many of the bakers on the Bake Off) struggled with. It actually turned out pretty well and wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it would be (though I appreciate that it must be a great deal worse when you are being filmed […]

Mar 18th, 2016

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I have guests coming at the weekend and the meal I am making (Cypriot Chicken) is served with flatbreads. Last time I made these I used the River Cottage recipe, and although the results were nice, it involved cooking them on a griddle which filled the kitchen with smoke. So this time I tried Paul […]

Sep 10th, 2015

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Cookery Challenge

Last night my sister-in-law V and her partner A came to dinner. This was a real challenge for me because V is a vegan and A is intolerant of carbohydrate and doesn’t eat sugar. Wow – what to make? I racked my brains a bit and came up with this…. Everything was home made (well […]

Mar 1st, 2015

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Food Processing

We went to Costco in Glasgow yesterday and bought (amongst other things) loads of nice fresh vegetables, fruit and fish. One of the few gripes we have with living in Lochgoilhead is that because it is well over an hour to the nearest supermarket we find it hard to keep stocked up with fresh food. […]

Sep 9th, 2014

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Can you bake a Pie?

I made a fancy French ‘Tarte aux Pommes’ tonight to use up some of the apples from our trees on something a bit memorable. It was (or is – we haven’t finished it yet) a sweet pastry case (make it like shortcrust pastry only with a bit more butter to flour than usual (8oz flour, […]

Aug 26th, 2014

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Nice Meal

I couldn’t resist making this one for my friends at the weekend – so that if they asked me what was for dinner I could say ‘Egg and Chips with a slice’. So for the ‘Egg’ component – I fried two medium onions and two large peppers (any colour) until soft and towards the end […]

May 4th, 2014

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Grandma’s Griddle

Last time my Dad was here I made some griddle scones for his birthday. I’d never made them before and they turned out ok – but got a bit burned because the best thing I could find to cook them on was my paella pan. Although it is large and flat – not being designed […]