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Pot the chutney into hot, clean jars but don’t put the lid on until completely cold

Green Bean Chutney

This recipe is great for those that have a glut of runner beans Ingredients  1½lbs (700gms) runner beans, sliced 2lbs (900gms) Onions, chopped (I put mine in the food processor) 3/4lb (350gms) demerara sugar 1 Pint (570ml) Vinegar 1 Heaped teaspoon tumeric 1 Heaped teaspoon mustard powder 1 Tablespoon of cornflour 1 Heaped teaspoon of […]

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Marrow & Pecan cake with maple icing

Here is the recipe for the cake that I posted on Facebook Ingredients 250ml/9fl oz sunflower oil 300g/11oz self raising flour 3tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp baking powder 250gm/9oz soft brown sugar 4 large eggs Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange 11oz marrow flesh – this can be grated or chopped but does […]

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Elderflower Champagne

I posted this recipe last year and although my Champagne was successful it tasted rather watery so I have amended the ingredients! Elderflowers can now be seen everywhere from towns to countryside so here is an easy recipe to make a fabulous summer drink out of them. You will need 10-12 Large Elderflowers (or several […]

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Green Tomato Chutney

Not sure what to do with all those unripened tomatoes well no worries because here is a lovely recipe that will use them up! Ingredients  1.8kg/4lb Green tomatoes roughly chopped  450g/1lb cooking apples, peeled, cored & chopped  450g/1lb onions, chopped  2 large garlic cloves, crushed  15ml/1 tbsp salt 45ml/3 tbsp pickling spice 600ml/1 pint cider […]

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How to Divide Snowdrops

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are a beautiful sight in late winter as they appear when little else in the garden is in flower. It is best to plant snowdrops “in the green” which means buying them after they have flowered but before the foliage dies, however, if you are lucky enough to have a clump or two […]

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Preparing Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowering

Well what a busy last week of the school holidays that was!  Hardly  did anything all summer (mostly due to the awful weather!) then cram in  ice skating, blackberry picking, collecting hive of bees and all other  general family things and now the weather has at last become nice just  as they all go back […]

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