Giant Jaffa Cake – by our resident cook, Elley Westbrook

Giant Jaffa Cake

Giant Jaffa Cake – by our resident cook, Elley Westbrook For the chocolate topping: 200g/7oz dark chocolate For the sponge: 3 free-range eggs 75g/2¾oz caster sugar 75g/2¾oz self-raising flour Grated zest of half an orange (use other half for decoration once chocolate has set) For the jelly filling: 135g pack of orange-flavour jelly METHOD 1…. Continue Reading


christmas cake light

LIGHT CHRISTMAS CAKE 250g Self Raising Flour (I used Dove Gluten Free) 250g Caster Sugar 250g Softened Butter 75g Ground Almonds 350g soft dried Apricots 350g Sultanas/Raisins 350g light glace cherries 5 eggs 100g Whole Almonds, blanched and chopped 2 Lemons – use juice and rind 1 x 200g can tangerines, drained of juice and… Continue Reading

Chocolate Christmas pudding

chocolate christmas puddin

Ingredients 6 oz (175g) mixed dried sour cherries, blueberries and raisins Grated rind of an orange 3 tbsp brandy ¼ pint (150ml) double cream 12 oz (375g) plain chocolate 7oz (200g) pack cream cheese 4 oz (110g) ratafia biscuits To serve: ¼ pint (150ml) double cream 2 tbsp grated chocolate Method Grease (or line with… Continue Reading

Roast Goose

Roast Goose

A goose weighing about 4-5kg should be enough for 5-6 people If they’ll fit in your oven I would suggest getting a couple of birds for more than 8-10 people. The secret of rendering down the fat is to begin the cooking process with the breasts facing down in the pan so that the skin… Continue Reading

Favourite Mango Sausages

Favourite mango sausages

Favourite Mango Sausages These are so easy to make and always cause a sensation when you serve them to your guests or family. All you need are your favourite sausages.  We buy our from a butcher in Weobley.  He produces the most wonderful sausages called Weobley Whoppers, and the cocktail version is delicious (but not… Continue Reading

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

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