Monthly Archives: November 2009

Dorset Apple Cake

Looking for a good recipe for apple cake and found this one, I have made it quite a few times now and it’s always successful. It’s simple to make and quick too. The apple and lemon taste lovely and it makes a really good ‘cut and come again’ cake. When I make this cake I double the quantities in the […]

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Planting Garlic

Today has been beautiful outside, bright and dry and perfect for planting garlic. I have three different varieties to go out and hopefully they will all flourish and be ready from June onwards. The varieties are Garlic Jolimont, Garlic Cloves Purple White and Garlic Illico, this one can be used as ‘green garlic’ from May onwards.  I hope that last […]

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Medlar Cheese

Medlars are a very old fashioned fruit that is not often used nowadays.  It has been used in English kitchens since the 16th century but now is hardly known.  Its origins are in eurasia but even there,  it is now rare. The fruit of the medlar has to be ‘bletted‘ (or left to soften) and the art is to catch […]

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Pear and Ginger Jam

I have been experimenting with this for a couple of seasons now and found it works best with Conference pears here in England, it might be different in other parts of the world. It has to be said that I have had mixed results with this recipe due to the differences in the volume of juice.   I prefer to use […]

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