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Four chocolate digestive biscuits on a blue flowered patterned plate
Biscuits

The Best Homemade Chocolate Digestive Biscuits

When I asked my grandaughter which biscuit was her favourite she said chocolate digestive biscuits. I wasn’t surprised as the chocolate digestive is the UK’s favourite biscuit. I checked out the supermarket but couldn’t find a brand that didn’t include palm oil in its ingredients. Even McVities, the makers of […]

Handmade oatcakes on a wooden board with some cheeses and grapes
Biscuits

Homemade Oatcakes

The decorations have been taken down, the leftover food has been eaten, the thankyou letters have been written and we are already well into the new year and back in our usual routines. Part of my routine is starting the day with a mug of strong Assam tea and some […]

Stuffed dates and marzipan sweets with glace cherries on a plate
Christmas

Christmas Stuffed Dates

My grandchildren came to help me put up my Christmas decorations this week as they are now on holiday from school. We also had time to make stuffed dates – a family tradition at Christmas. If you are in need of something to occupy the children or grandchildren over the […]

cooked homemade sausage rolls laid out on a baking tray just from the oven
Christmas, Pastry, Savoury Dishes

Homemade Sausage Rolls

For me sausage rolls are an essential at Christmas. Like mince pies I only make sausage rolls at Christmas. A sausage roll still warm from the oven with a glass of mulled wine or a mince pie and a glass of fizz really are the taste of Christmas to me. […]

Whole Chocolate Ginger Cake on a plate
Cakes, Christmas, Desserts

Chocolate Ginger Cake

The tea rooms is now closed for the winter and we will re-open in the spring. This means that I can now spend more time preparing for Christmas. I was about to make a traditional fruit cake for Christmas as I do every year when I thought “Why not break […]

Mince pies on a plate with holly around the edges
Pies, Christmas, Mince Pies

The Best Pastry for Mince Pies

I think I have said before that mince pies are my favourite Christmas food, but only homemade ones. I have yet to taste a decent factory made mince pie. It is no wonder many people say they don’t like mince pies if all they have ever eaten are the ones […]

Christmas chutney in a class bowl on a table with a flower pattern
Chutney, Christmas

Christmas Chutney

I just love making preserves – jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and chutneys. They each have their season – jams and jellies mainly in the summer, marmalades in January and February when the Seville oranges are available, and pickles and chutneys in the autumn, ready for Christmas. When I look in […]

Close up view of the Slow Cooker Orange MIncemeat
Pies, Christmas, Mincemeat, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Orange Mincemeat

Now Halloween and Bonfire Night are over my thoughts turn to Christmas preparations. Mid November is the perfect time for making preserves so that they have time to mature and develop their full flavour by Christmas. Mince pies are my favourite Christmas food but only if they are homemade using […]

Close up of Cornish Aromatic Apple Cake from above
Cakes

Cornish Aromatic Apple Cake

This week my friend Margaret gave me some apples from her garden. They were a variety I hadn’t heard of before, Cornish Aromatic. They have a firm fresh flavour with a hint of pineapple. The skin is quite rough and dry so they need to be peeled to use in […]

Close up of cooked apple dappy - raisins, scone dough and apple pieces
Desserts

Apple Dappy

I found some Red Windsor apples in the supermarket this week and used them to make my version of an old fashioned pudding called Apple Dappy, which is made using a scone dough as pastry. I found the original recipe in the Pudding Club Cookbook by Keith & Jean Turner […]