Spiced apple and mince pie strudel

apple strudel

What a year we have had!! This year seems to have been Mayhem from start to finish. Not all bad and certainly nothing has been boring but I struggle to hold on sometimes it’s been such a rollercoaster. Christmas is predominantly a time for family to get together, whether you have a faith or religion… Continue Reading

Sticky Buns!

sticky buns

GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS INVOLVES LISTS. Sticky Buns. November is early for me to start, but as I’m now a full-time student doing a degree in contemporary design craft, I am…how shall I put it… skint! So I’m going to be making everything, and that requires planning In fact, I don’t intend to purchase a… Continue Reading

September jam

damson jam in the Autumn

September Jam There is something about foraging for free fruit that I love. This year’s harvest is damsons…but also black berries. The blackberries rarely make it to the maslin pan though…especially if foraging with Frankie, my middle grand-son, aged 3.   He loves to try the fruit at source:  ‘just tasting Nanna’. Jam making. I’ve got… Continue Reading

Sausage Plait

  INGREDIENTS 8 x good quality sausages, outdoor reared 1 x large apple, peeled and chopped 1 x red onion, diced Short crust pastry 2 x tbsp. red onion chutney 1 x free-range egg, beaten METHOD If not using an AGA, preheat your oven to 220/200 degrees C/fan/gas mark 7 Split the sausage skins along… Continue Reading

Chunky Chocolate Brownies by Elley

chunky chocolate brownies

Chunky Chocolate Brownies by Elley For the Brownies you will need:- 175g/6oz plain chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa solids) 175g/6oz organic salted butter 3 large free-range eggs o 225g/8oz caster sugar ½ tsp vanilla extract 115g/4oz self-raising flour 50g/2oz chopped hazelnuts 50g/2oz dried cranberries Makes 12 METHOD 1. If not using an Aga, preheat… Continue Reading

Pork in Cider prepared by Betty Twyford

pork in cider

  PORK IN CIDER We consider Pork in Cider is a delicious partnership as we love to use the combination of sweet and savoury to tempt our taste buds. Apples with pork you may ask? Our opinion is they go together like peaches and cream. Using Rosemary in this dish will add another dimension to… 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

Ferrero Rocher Roulade

Ferrero Rocher Roulade Recipe

Betty’s kitchen is buzzing as we all probe into the inner depths of our resources to find the perfect recipe for Christmas entertaining. Without doubt it has to be EASY PEASY, because the call on our cooking skills is paramount at this time of year. The minute we have finished negotiating our way through Halloween… Continue Reading