Roasted Pheasant for Christmas

james roasting pheasant!

Here is a fool proof recipe for Roasted Pheasant.  It is Autumn, and they abound in the hedgerows and fields.  Soon, the guns will be out and they will be in our shops. Here we go…. TO SERVE ROASTED PHEASANT YOU WILL NEED 2 pheasants (about 800-900g each), oven-ready, preferably hen pheasants 50ml rapeseed oil… Continue Reading


chocolate mousse with baileys

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH BAILEYS Recipe 300g plain chocolate broken into pieces 75ml (5 tbsp) Baileys Liqueur 45ml double cream 4 large eggs separated 50g caster sugar Cocoa powder for dusting Recipe for Chocolate Mousse with Baileys Method Place the chocolate, cream and the Baileys in a saucepan, and if you have an AGA, leave it… Continue Reading


recipe for apple jelly

RECIPE FOR APPLE JELLY Pick armfuls of apples, off the tree, off the ground.  Wash them, take out any of the blemished bits and quarter them but don’t core or peel them. Place them into a large Maslin Pan (this is a flat bottom pan, which is wider at the top than the bottom, but… Continue Reading

Elderflower Cake

elderflower cake

If you love to use produce from the hedgerows, here is a simple cake recipe to cook when you are feeling like a hunter-gatherer

Valentine Dessert – Ferrero Rocher Roulade


FERRERO ROCHER ROULADE Ingredients: 6 large eggs, separated 175g castor sugar 50g cocoa powder 16-18 Ferrero Rocher chocolates A tub of crème fraîche 50g each white and dark chocolate 50g icing sugar Method: Lightly oil a Swiss Roll tin and line with Bake-O-Glide or greaseproof paper. Put the egg yolks into a large bowl, add… Continue Reading

Chilli Salmon with Courgette Pilaf


  It is called Chilli Salmon with Courgette Pilaf and it serves 4 225g/8 oz. Basmati rice 2 tsp. olive oil 1 onion peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, 1 small lemon, sliced 600 ml/1 pt. vegetable stock 4 boneless and skinless salmon fillets 4 tsp. sweet chilli sauce 3 tsp…. Continue Reading

Betty’s Recipe for Game Pie for the AGA (Inspired by Dawn Roads)

It's Christmas

Betty’s Recipe for Game Pie for the AGA (Inspired by Dawn Roads) To make Hot Water Crust Pastry:- 450g plain flour 1tsp salt 115g lard 225ml water Lard for greasing Beaten egg to glaze Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix the water and lard together in a saucepan and slowly… Continue Reading


Cheats Beef Wellington

Here is what you do to achieve a Beef Wellington without the high cost on your nerves and your pocket … Cheats Beef Wellington   Buy a joint of rolled Sirloin of Beef, weighing about 1.36 kilos (3lbs) tied with string. Buy a punnet of ordinary mushrooms and be daring, use a clove of garlic… Continue Reading

Glorious Baked Alaska – Betty style

Glorious baked Alaska by Betty Twyford

GLORIOUS BAKED ALASKA BETTY STYLE You will need A 1.136 litre (2 pint) pudding Basin, lined with Cling film 1 – 1.5 litres of Ice cream (to fill the selected size of your basin) A sponge disc cooked by you in a 20cm (8”) sandwich tin preferably with a removable base Recipe for Sponge 100g… Continue Reading

Sugar-Free Courgette Cake

Flowers on cake on stand

This recipe for courgette cake is simply delicious. Also, by avoiding the use of eggs and nuts, it may be ideal for some people with allergies, as well as those keen to avoid sugar. Ingredients: 200g (7oz) butter 300g (10.5oz) plain flour 2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda 1 250g jar of sugar free apricot jam 500g (1lb… Continue Reading