8 Feb 14

Yorkshire Rhubarb Chutney

Saturday is market day and the appearance of forced Yorkshire Rhubarb was just tempting me to make something with it. If you’ve never had forced Rhubarb before it can be quite sharp making a very marmalade type jam as opposed to the super sweet barbs that go into a crumble.

Most chutneys follow the same basic recipe with onions and apples which provide pectin to help the chutney set easily. It’s really simple to make chutney if you can chop up a load of ingredients and throw them in a pot you can do it.
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17 Sep 13

Tomato Chutney – Preserving summer

The end of summer heralds the start of early autumn with the appearance of Damsons, Pomegranates and flavourful Tomatoes. Now is the best time for Tomatoes which have ripened in the summer sun ready for eating. I just love the smell of fresh tomatoes, its such a unique scent! One of the best ways to lock away a taste of summer is in jams and chutneys.

This is a pretty simple tomato chutney recipe but you can jazz it up and add different flavours if you want. A spicy option would be to add a whole chilli, smoked paprika might give this a barbecue type flavour and you could add some herbs for an almost Italian feel.
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20 Aug 13

Vegan Banana and Walnut bread

I was away last weekend in Scotland and when I returned home there was a bunch of bananas lurking in the fruit bowl which I’d totally forgotten about. They’d gone all brown and overly ripe so I quickly put them in the freezer with the intention of turning them into something else.

Most of my everyday cakes are vegan and if you’ve never made a vegan cake before it can be quite intimidating and sometimes has quite mixed results. From experience I’ve found the most critical stage to be the blending of oil and sugar together. Theres a chemical reaction that takes place at this stage and it takes time to get it right so don’t shirk on the whisking.
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25 Jul 13

Chocolate chip cookies

As a British person I’m supposed to love biscuits but unfortunately I have a special place in my heart for maybe the quintessential American snack; Chocolate chip cookies.

It’s just something they do so well, lovely vanilla flavoured dough crunchy at the edges and soft in the middle. I’ve tried out quite a few recipes and read so many articles on cookie baking in an attempt to recreate them at home. I do love Millies Cookies for their unusual flavour combinations and I even tried Ben’s Cookies in London but I found them a little too under baked!
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