Blackberry and apple muffins

This is such a colourful, romantic and interesting time of year if you like to be outside enjoying the last few rays of late summer sun. Blackberries, elderberries and windfall apples are everywhere. When I go running in the mornings … Continue reading

Scallops with lemon, mint & sea spaghetti

Sea spaghetti has been described as mild crunchy and moreish. The young shoots are very good to eat and taste rather like salty asparagus. It’s one of the latest sea vegetables to appear on supermarket shelves and fishmonger’s counters. You … Continue reading

Lemon and Elderflower Polenta Cake

When the hedgerows are full of elderflowers it is just the time to make an elderflower and lemon syrup to pour over the cake. This gluten free polenta cake takes 10 minutes to weigh out and mix and just 40 … Continue reading

Blackcurrant, Pistachio and Verbena Tartlets

We will soon be into the blackcurrant season so if you can lay your hands on some (you could use frozen), you might try combining them with the fragrant, citrus flavour of lemon verbena. If you can’t get hold of … Continue reading

Asparagus Patch Soup

Serves 6    Ingredients 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 large onion, chopped 250g floury potato, peeled and cubed 350g asparagus, rinsed l500ml vegetable stock 1 lemon, juice only sea salt and black pepper 1 rasher of bacon (optional)   Method In … Continue reading

‘Canned’ Red Peppers

  This is an incredibly useful recipe. It is simple to prepare and everyone loves it for lunch with some halloumi or feta cheese and fresh bread to mop up the juices. The prepared peppers have the silky smooth texture … Continue reading

Beetroot, Blood Orange & Carrot Smoothie

This is a great smoothie to make while we still have blush oranges in the shops. This is not so much a recipe as an idea for a beautiful breakfast drink. As the three main ingredients go together very well, … Continue reading

Timothy Taylor Landlord Cake

It’s just the weather to hunker down and make Joan’s Landlord Cake.  It’s dead easy and uses Timothy Taylor’s Landlord for a lovely moist cake singing with spices. Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: 75g raisins 75g sultanas 75g currants 75g dates, … Continue reading

Chestnut, Cranberry and Mushroom Roulade

This recipe is fabulous to eat freshly made or to prepare in advance and freeze. It is perfect for those unexpected Christmas guests and even better if one of them is a vegetarian. Most people think it is some kind … Continue reading

Homemade pork sausages with lentils

Everyone loves a sausage but most ready-made sausages contain wheat and other cereals which can be a problem for some people. Make them yourself and you can leave out the cereals and keep the fat content down by choosing lean … Continue reading

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