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Mar 7th, 2017

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Rolls in an hour

This idea was a combination of my own, and something I saw on the Bake Off.  Normally it takes at least two hours to make yeasted bread from scratch – so if you are a bit disorganised like me – sometimes you may forget and end up having to make soda bread at the last […]

Jun 10th, 2016

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Store Cupboard Soup

This is a ‘sort of’ minestrone which I make sometimes if I don’t have the right vegetables for one of my usual soups. Fry two medium onions and a sweet pepper in a little olive oil. When soft, add a couple of cloves of finely chopped garlic and fry a bit more. Then add a […]

Apr 23rd, 2016

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Hoist with my own Woolton

Some years ago R and I did a 1940s diet.  This involved eating (as far as possible) only food that was available on the 1944 UK rations – so very little meat, fat, sweets etc. and lots of brown bread, carrots and assorted brassicas.    The idea was not only to lose some weight, but […]

Sep 16th, 2015

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Some picnic cooking

I did some baking the other night of various things to take with us on picnics. First I made some ‘Cornish’ pasties – these were definitely not authentic (I know there is a lot of controversy about carrot v. swede v. potato), so perhaps I should call them ‘Argyll’ pasties. I made a basic pastry […]

Jul 10th, 2015

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Moroccan Rice Casserole

I made this for my parents the other day – I put chicken in it for them as I am not sure my father entirely gets the concept of vegetarian food – but without it, the dish is vegan and just as nice…. Heat oven to 180C. Fry two large roughly chopped onions and two […]

Oct 25th, 2014

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Home Produce Group

R and I went to the village hall today to participate in a new group which is starting up to collaborate on growing vegetables and fruit around the village. The idea is to share tips about what works locally and what doesn’t, and also potentially to share labour and the fruits of that labour. Unfortunately […]

Aug 2nd, 2014

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Value Food – Houmous Recipe

The other night I made a monster veg curry – potato, cauliflower and chickpea. As well as it making a (very) large meal for four people, I froze about enough to feed the 5000… And after that about half the packet of dried chickpeas (cost c.99p) was left over. So the next day I cooked […]

Jun 5th, 2014

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From garden to lunch

In half an hour…. The featured image is of some of the first of the garden produce (spring onions, potatoes, herbs, peas), and the second picture is it turned into a variation on a very tasty River Cottage ‘Veg’ recipe – stuffed baked squash. I do have a squash plant (well three actually!) in the […]

Apr 9th, 2014

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High Tea

I tried an experiment for my Dad’s (84th) birthday and made a traditional Scottish ‘High Tea’. For non-natives – this is a sort of combination between afternoon tea and dinner. You have a simple but filling cooked dish, followed by a variety of baked things (largely of the sweet variety). It is eaten about 6pm […]

Mar 4th, 2014

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Stuffed Peppers with preserved lemon recipe

We are not ‘official’ vegetarians, but we eat very little meat. Having said this I am constantly on the verge of taking the plunge with the only things that stop me being a) I’m not sure I see the full logic of the move unless you go the whole hog (so to speak) and go […]