Valentines Chocolate Roulade (Or Death By Chocolate)

All good resolutions are made to be broken occasionally, and I challenge the stoutest hearted of you to resist the following, tempting, and delicious rule breaker.  Valentines is an opportunity to throw caution to the wind, to let our steely resistance disappear, and to give our loved ones a chocolate heaven treat. George adores this recipe, it is one of … Continue reading

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Valentine Roulade

Recipe for Blackcurrant Cheesecake

It is the season for blackcurrants – pick them before the birds enjoy the feast and make this lovely cheesecake recipe, straight from Betty’s kitchen! Ingredients For the Base; 100g melted butter 225g Digestive biscuits For the Filling; 800g light Philadelphia cheese 400g Mascarpone cheese 4 large free range eggs, beaten 150g caster sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tbsps. … Continue reading

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Betty's Blackcurrant Cheesecake

Elderflower Cordial on the AGA

Ingredients 30 elderflower heads 1.7litres (3pts) boiling water 900g (2lb) caster sugar 50g (2oz) citric acid (available from chemists) 2 unwaxed oranges, sliced 3 unwaxed lemons, sliced Method Gently rinse over the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.  Using the Aga kettle, boil three pints water and pour over the sugar in a large mixing bowl and leave … Continue reading

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Ginger Sparkle

Ingredients 1 measure rooibos tea steeped vodka Splash of dry vermouth 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger 2 teaspoons agave syrup Cloudy lemonade Method Begin by making Trumpers Rooibos Tea Steeped Vodka. Simply add 6 teaspoons of Rooibos tea to a 750ml bottle of vodka. Allow to steep for up to 8 hours. Invert the bottle occasionally to let the leaves … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Daddy’s Cow Pie on Father’s Day

I just love baking for the family and any special occasion will see me in the kitchen using my lovely AGA.  George deserves this delicious pie, for being so patient, kind and understanding with us all!  George, you are a saint!  Please share it with us… Ingredients 1kg stewing beef cut into pieces 3 large carrots, chopped into rounds 300g … Continue reading

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Father's Day Pie