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

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

Roast Chicken with Lavender, Honey & Lemon

Serves 4-6 In the summer you could use fresh lavender for this dish, otherwise use dried culinary lavender. Ingredients 1 small lemon, finely chopped and pips removed 1 small onion, finely chopped 5 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 x 1.7kg chicken 1 stem lemongrass, roughly crushed 1 sprig rosemary 50 ml olive oil 2 tbsp… Continue Reading

Sugar-free Carrot Cake

sugar free carrot cake

A sugar-free take on the traditional carrot cake. Top with a zingy orange cream cheese frosting for a tasty treat. This cake when served as 12 portions provides 277 kcal, 7g protein, 14.5g carbohydrate (of which 5.5g sugars), 22g fat (of which 6g saturates), 1.5g fibre and 0.5g salt per slice. Ingredients 150g/5½oz self-raising flour… Continue Reading

Celebration Cake


Celebration Cake Use this proportion of ingredients – double or treble up depending how many layers you wish to construct. Ingredients 4oz Self Raising flour (or plain flour use 1tsp baking powder with plain flour) 4oz Caster Sugar 4 eggs Lots of double cream White chocolate, to taste Method If you don’t have an AGA,… Continue Reading

Red Onion and Brie Quiche


Ingredients Serves 10 225g/8 oz. short crust pastry 5 eggs beaten 300ml/½ pt. single cream 200g/7 oz. ripe Brie 3 red onions, sliced 100g/4 oz. grated Cheddar cheese, grated 2/3 tablespoons sweet red onion chutney Method Roll out the pastry and line a 25.5cm/10” flan tin. Spread the red onion chutney over the pastry base. Fry… Continue Reading

Betty’s Late Summer Ratatouille


Betty’s Late Summer Ratatouille Ingredients 2 aubergines 4 small courgettes 2 red peppers Large tin plum tomatoes 4 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp sugar, salt and freshly ground black pepper small bunch basil, roughly torn Method Cut the aubergine and courgette into small chunks, deseed the pepper and… Continue Reading

Strawberry Tart – re cipe

recipe for Strawberry Tart

Recipe for Strawberry Tart Ingredients For the pastry: 300g plain flour 80g caster sugar 125g salted butter 1 egg yolk ½ teaspoon of cinnamon 150ml cold water For the custard: ½ ltr of semi skimmed milk 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways 130g caster sugar 4 eggs 4 tablespoons plain flour Topping: 400g Strawberries, washed, stalks… Continue Reading