A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake)

Stotty Cakes

A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake) A rather plain and flat looking disc of bread, and yet to many people in the North East of England the Stotty Bread is an important and potent symbol of their identity and region. It’s basically made from ordinary white bread dough, but due to the… 

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“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY!

Potted Cheese

“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY! Christmas and New Year is but a fond and distant memory now, but somehow some of our “festive fare” lingers on, lurking in surprising and sometimes inappropriate places (such as half  a Christmas pudding that I found still “cooling down” in the oven) and… 

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A Secret Breakfast Recipe: Baked Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders

Baked Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders

A Secret Breakfast Recipe: Baked Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders Slider (sandwich) A slider is a small sandwich, typically around 3 in (7.6 cm) across, served in a bun. The term primarily refers to small hamburgers, but can also cover any small sandwich served on a slider roll. The term, when used in reference to… 

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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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Twelfth Night, Apples and Wassailing: A Traditional English Wassail Recipe

Old English Cyder Wassail

Twelfth Night, Apples and Wassailing: A Traditional English Wassail Recipe Twelfth Night is just a day away as I write, and I am minded to share an old English recipe with you today, a recipe that will be just the ticket for a night of feasting and revelry, as well as being perfect to serenade any apple trees you may… 

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New Year Cocktails, Mocktails and Christmas Leftovers! Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail

Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail

New Year Cocktails, Mocktails and Christmas Leftovers! Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail Hello! I have been absent for a few days, as some of you might have noticed, enjoying Christmas and the ensuing festive period, with family and friends. I’m back today to share some  of my festive moments, as well as a pretty delectable cocktail, that… 

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Perfect for Christmas Sandwiches: Garlic and Shallot Country Style Bread (Breadmaker)

Perfect for Christmas Sandwiches: Garlic and Shallot Country Style Bread (Breadmaker)

  Perfect for Christmas Sandwiches: Garlic and Shallot Country Style Bread (Breadmaker) Today is the last Sunday in Advent, which means that Christmas day is very close……I’ve been cleaning, polishing, decorating, making beds, setting tables, writing cards, baking and cooking, with many of my bakes and meals making their way into the freezer. And, with… 

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Christmas Party Canapés! Cheese and Celery Pinwheels (Whirls)

Cheese and Celery Whirls

Christmas Party Canapés! Cheese and Celery Pinwheels (Whirls) I have fallen in love with canapés and small bites this year, and I am convinced that all you need is a table filled with tasty canapés, both savoury and sweet, and then a “sit-down” meal is not required. It all started with my special Thrifty and Organic… 

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A Small Christmas Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Sausage Stuffing Loaf

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

A Small Christmas Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Sausage Stuffing Loaf Picture the scene, a long table laden with food, the pride of place going to a glossy, bronzed roast turkey surrounded by discarded paper hats, golden roast potatoes, sprouts, honey roast parsnips and ruby-red spiced cabbage; happy, smiling faces of all ages look on at the feast… 

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Lussekatter – St Lucia Saffron and Cardamom Sweet Buns for St Lucy’s Day

St Lucia Saffron Buns

Lussekatter – St Lucia Saffron and Cardamom Sweet Buns for St Lucy’s Day Tomorrow, December the 13th, is St Lucy’s Day as well as my daughter Hannah’s birthday…….so a double celebration. And in readiness for these double celebrations, today’s recipe has been especially posted a day early so that any aspiring bakers can make my recipe for… 

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