Category Archives: food & drink

Festive baking – sausage rolls & mince pies

So today I baked. Sausage rolls and (mini) mince pies. I made the sausage-meat mix using best-quality pork sausages, a chopped spring onion, some garlic, a bit more onion – and a handful of chopped parsley and a scant pinch … Continue reading

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Home-made pizza

Dough has rye flour in it and came out nice and crispy (recipe had stated strong wholemeal flour – but I don’t have any of that in so used rye). Topping was a puttanesca sauce (olives, garlic, capers, anchovies) – … Continue reading

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I call it ‘Jam and Jerusalem’

So I made a quince and star anise jelly, having picked up some quinces whilst ‘in the sticks’ last weekend. I wouldn’t know where to buy such things in London (for a price, I’m sure they’re available) – but out … Continue reading

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Preserving in an age of austerity – redux

‘Blood sweat & tears’ is one phrase for it. Pickling 2kg of onions is no easy task. Takes ages (and yes, they’d had the boiling water treatment to help remove the outer skins). The pickling mix is from Preserves: River … Continue reading

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Preserving in an age of austerity

We live in an age of austerity. We’re told this all of the time and I believe it to be true. For me, this week marks the one year point since I was last in full-time work. Wow has that … Continue reading

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A cake a day, keeps the blues away

This one is coconut and lemon cake, and very easy to make. Recipe from Azelia’s Kitchen, here. It’s really very easy as you throw in all the ingredients and whisk, transfer to cake tin and bake. Simple. I like the … Continue reading

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