The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam There is an alchemy when fruit and sugar are mixed together and boiled; the fruit is preserved, the flavour is intensified and the colour becomes jewel-like and vibrant…….and then in the midst of winter, a jar of ruby-red raspberry jam can be taken down from the… 

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An Old Cottage Garden and Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam Recipe

Pink Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

An Old Cottage Garden and Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam Recipe Memories can be fickle, the good times are nearly always better and the bad times sometimes fade, hopefully, but I do think that memories of my time spent with grandparents are an accurate recall of precious moments that I enjoyed with them. I remember… 

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Dorothy Hartley, Cattern Cakes & Lace and a Victorian Epiphany Tart Recipe

Epiphany Tart Recipe

Dorothy Hartley, Cattern Cakes & Lace and a Victorian Epiphany Tart Recipe One of my favourite books is “Food of England” by Dorothy Hartley, a veritable treasure trove of food, ingredients, customs, traditions, rural activities, crafts, foraging identification all accompanied with beautifully executed line drawings. The book is not just a recipe book, but an essential… 

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Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

  Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe A gentle walk in the country, picking flowers and enjoying the cooler weather but also the sunshine……meadows filled with wild flowers and an old wall covered in fragrant honeysuckle……poppies, cornflowers, millet, lady’s mantle, clover and daisies…….and then a tree laden with greengages!  Now, there’s a plum that… 

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Elderberries, Hedgerow Harvests and A Cornucopia of Preserves for the Autumn Pantry

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Elderberries, Hedgerow Harvests and A Cornucopia of Preserves for the Autumn Pantry October, one of my favourite months, and as John Keats so emphatically writes in his “Ode to Autumn”..….” Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”……..and indeed, for most gardeners it is a month of mellow fruitfulness – a veritable cornucopia of fruit, herbs and… 

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Flowers and Fools, Peaches and Pies: Easy Late Summertime Recipes…..

Amaretti and Apricot Layered Fool

Flowers and Fools, Peaches and Pies: Easy Late Summertime Recipes….. I have been on holiday for the last week, at home in France, but with a childhood friend and her partner – Sarah and Jim. So, I have not been around as much on Twitter, Facebook or even here, but, I HAVE been cooking up… 

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A “Secret” Baked Layer Cake: Scottish Rhubarb & Ginger Crunchy Streusel Cake Recipe

A "Secret" Baked Layer Cake: Scottish Rhubarb & Ginger Crunchy Streusel Cake Recipe

A “Secret” Baked Layer Cake: Scottish Rhubarb & Ginger Crunchy Streusel Cake Recipe The lovely Scottish preserves company Mackays sent me a selection of jams and curds recently with the suggestion that I bake something with them, as part of their #bakingwithmackays challenge, as well as creating a new recipe to be shared on their… 

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Sepia Saturday with Be-Ro, Tea Time Treats and Rich Jam and Coconut Cake Recipe

Sepia Saturday with Be-Ro, Tea Time Treats and Rich Jam and Coconut Cake

Sepia Saturday with Be-Ro, Tea Time Treats and Rich Jam and Coconut Cake Recipe It’s Saturday and it’s Sepia, as in Sepia Saturday, the weekly baking challenge where I attempt to bake my way through eighty years of Be-Ro cookbooks……although, I have not posted a Be-Ro bake for the last three weeks due to travelling and other… 

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A Provence Summer Preserve ~ French Set Apricot and Lavender Jam (Confiture)

A Provence Summer Preserve ~ French Set Apricot and Lavender Jam (Confiture)

~ A Provence Summer Preserve ~ French Set Apricot and Lavender Jam (Confiture) Heady perfumed lavender fields, rolling hills of thyme and oregano, hot sun, dusty paths, aching backs and grape stained fingers, hawks sitting on hay bales, the distant throb of a tractor, diesel, warm hands and faces,  rich pate, crusty bread, herb scented rillettes, metallic… 

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Sweet Easter Treats for Easter Week…..Cake, Hot Cross Buns, Eggs & Floral Baking Gifts

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Sweet Easter Treats for Easter Week….. Cake, Hot Cross Buns, Eggs & Floral Baking Gifts After my HUGE March Tea Time Treats round-up posts here – Tea Time Treats Part one and Part Two, I am taking a bit of a holiday today, and thought that a really useful and helpful article might be to… 

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