A quick and easy lunch

The current situation definitely has the effect of focusing minds and thoughts on what is close to hand when it comes to cooking. We have been blessed with such warm dry weather, which has brought on the plants in the kitchen garden almost instantaneously. In the herb bed, chives are a really hardy, versatile addition,... Continue Reading →

Vitamin C boosting mocktail

Is anyone else desperate for an end to this wet and windy weather? I'm in need something uplifting and a citrus drink seems like just the thing. Blood oranges are in season until May, hunt around for them, they are packed full of vitamin C and folic acid, which will provide a needed boost, and... Continue Reading →

Fresh Raspberry Jelly recipe

Ingredients: Flavourless oil, such as groundnut, for greasing jelly mould 5/6 Gelatin leaves (depending on size, you need enough for 600ml if liquid) 500g Fresh Raspberries (or whatever you want to use) 140g of caster sugar juice 1 lemon Whole berries and mint leaves for garnishing ice cream or cream for serving Method: Lightly grease... Continue Reading →

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 2 1/2 lemons 50g caster sugar 350ml water (still or sparkling) Cucumber slices, mint leaves and strawberries for garnishing Method: Cut one of the lemons into chunks and pop into a blender, add in the juice of the remaining 1 1/2 lemons, the sugar and 100m of still water. Blend well, until the lemon... Continue Reading →

Gorse Flower ice cream recipe

Here's the full recipe for Gorse flower ice cream, as mentioned in Saturday 19th May 2018 edition of the Dundee Courier. Ingredients 2 cups of gorseflowers 300ml of whole milk 300ml double cream 6 egg yolks 150g caster sugar Method Gently heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan. When warm, add the gorse... Continue Reading →

3 ways with Rhubarb

This unusual vegetable, which is commonly thought of as a fruit, is one of the first beauties to emerge in the Spring garden. The early or forced shoots are tender and sweet and are a delightful pale pink colour. There are many uses for it. Rhubarb and ricotta bread and butter pudding * Serves: 8... Continue Reading →

Chewy granola bars

*preparation time: 15mins *cooking time: 30mins *makes 20 small bars Ingredients 160g oats 95g light brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 320g made up of almonds, dried apricots, raisins, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed, chocolate chips...really whatever you like 60g your choice of nut butter 6 tbsps/90ml melted butter/coconut oil 60ml honey 15ml... Continue Reading →

Welder’s tea break cake

A recipe I've been playing around with recently. This is a pear, almond, blueberry and orange cake. Despite concerns about the authenticity of the recipe name, I have decided to go with it as I made it for a tea break on a day we were doing a welding job on the farm, what else... Continue Reading →

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