Monthly Archives: February 2013

Win a copy of The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook | Press | Lay the table

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via Win a copy of The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook (featuring my recipe!) | Press | Lay the table.

Not my recipe ! but I do know Lynn and the clandestine cake club and have been delighted to attend one of the secret afternoon tea gatherings. So well recommended

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Homemade meatballs

So delighted. I got a new gadget toy for my kenwood mixer, it is a mincer. I had bought it thinking I would make sausages but when looking through my cookbooks I decided instead to try mincing my own meat and making meatballs. I used the mr bowler cookbook, and they were delicious. I will be now experimenting with lots of other types of mince , shepherds pie anyone?

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New Obsession with Jam and preserves

It used to be all about the soup but recently I have found myself becoming more excited by preserving.

It started a few years ago making my own marmalade. My mum has always made marmalade and so I thought I would give it ago, I then progressed to raspberry jam then strawberry jam. Then I began making my own sloe gin, then blackberry gin, raspberry vodka and now I can’t stop.

Being from Yorkshire and it being February I am going to make Forced rhubarb, rose and cardamom jam next. This is a soft set jam and I will use it to either spread on a cake or to top some yoghurt with a sprinkling of pistachios.

I am already planning what I will do after that so far the list is

– freezer jam – no cooking just use apple pectin to set (supposed to be great for strawberries and raspberries)

– raspberry and violet jam

– blackberry and sloe gin jam

– pear and chestnut jam

– apricot and lavender jam

– rose petal jelly

– earl grey tea jelly

– sweet blackcurrant vinegar

– pickled cucumber

– pickled garlic

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