Category Archives: Food and Cooking

Jostaberry Tart

Jostaberry is a hybrid cross of blackcurrant and gooseberry.  It is thornless and produces fruits which are slightly smaller than a gooseberry, dark like a blackcurrant but sweeter.  The plant I put in two years ago produced its first proper … Continue reading

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Strawberry Time

This week the strawberry bed on the allotment has gone crazy.  It started ramping up last week.  This is the second batch this size this week and there will be another lot in a day or so. We have had … Continue reading

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Miracle Microwave

Appliances get something of a bad press these days.  Washing machines used to last 15 years or more, then you were lucky if you got 10 years.  I’m told that unless you are prepared to spend a fortune on a … Continue reading

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Banana Rant

I make my own breakfast cereal.  It’s a sort of granola.  Based on a recipe from the “More with Less” cookbook by Doris Longacre.  The idea is to incorporate all sorts of good, wholesome things with a touch of luxury.  … Continue reading

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Early Gazpacho

An early high pressure system has brought us clear skies for a few days.  Today also has light winds and the sun is warming the patio.  The hedgerows are greening up, the bonsai maples are breaking leaf and the blue … Continue reading

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Hot Cross Buns

The traditional Easter treat of hot cross buns are available in bakeries and supermarkets all year round these days.  I once challenged a baker in Hove on this – where I used to buy a bun quite often when working … Continue reading

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Shower Rolls

My friend Mary told me about a recipe she had for “Shower Rolls”.  The idea is that you can pop them in the oven whilst you have your shower and they will be ready for breakfast when you are.  What … Continue reading

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Sourdough Croissants

Along with the Malthouse flour I was given a few weeks back there was also some French Type 55 Flour.  This is a nearly-but-not-completely white flour which is used for making bread in France.  It is not as high in … Continue reading

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Malthouse loaf and biscuits

I was recently given some Shipton Mill “Malthouse” flour.  This type of flour more widely known as Granary flour but “Granary” is a brand name owned by Rank Hovis.  Essentially it is a brown flour (i.e about 85% wholemeal) to … Continue reading

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December Allotment Goodies

For most of December I’ve been down with ‘the lurgie’.  Some sort of cold/’flu which involved sore throat, a cough, fever, and finally to top it all of about three weeks of sinusitis.  Visits to the allotment have therefore been … Continue reading

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