Why I’m going to make jam


I always thought people who make jam must be slightly bonkers and definitely fully paid-up members of the Women’s Institute (nowt wrong with that I hear you cry and you’d be quite right – but I’ve personally never felt quite ready for the jam and Jerusalem bit). This resolute refusal to get my pinny on […]

Very dangerous chocolate mug cake!


You are either going to love me or hate me for passing this one on, because this cake is genius.  It has been doing the rounds of the email network for a while now, but today I succumbed and finally tried baking it. Quite frankly it’s brilliant.  It has to be the simplest cake that […]

Entertaining on a budget


There’s no need to stress about preparing a dinner for friends. Just get ready to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Your guests are looking for an easy evening of stimulating conversation, good food accompanied by lashings of whatever wine you can get on special offer at your local supermarket. It’s not about expensive ingredients, sophisticated restaurant-style […]

A wartime recipe for rosehip syrup


I was wondering what to do with the abundance of rosehips I get each year on my rambling rose when I came across this wartime recipe from The Ministry of Food. When food was short during the second world war every possible edible resource had to be exploited and the MoF issued these instructions for […]

Tips for making tasty food from leftovers


Here are some helpful tips on using your leftovers to make tasty and nutritional meals. Before you sling it in the bin, stop and think! Those blackened bananas could make a delicious banana bread treat.

Making potato cakes from leftover mash

Potato cakes are a great tasting snack and very quick and easy to make. When I was a child it was a treat we all enjoyed with a cup of tea in front of the TV on a Sunday evening, using the leftovers from Sunday lunch. Mix enough flour into the leftover mash to get […]

How to make bubble and squeak

This is a childhood favourite of mine and a great way to use up leftover vegetables. Don’t be put off by the rather strange name – it doesn’t often live up to it! If you over-cater on the cooked veg this is a very tasty and warming way to dish them up the next day. […]

Jam today – making strawberry jam

Make the most of cheap strawberries and get making some jam so you can enjoy  the taste of summer throughout the year. This recipe should make around 6 lbs (2.7 kg) of jam. Ingredients 4 lbs (1.8 kg) strawberries juice of 2 lemons 4 lbs (1.8 kg) jam sugar* * Jam sugar is sugar with […]

How to make a good stock

Making stock is so easy. Anyone can do it. If you’ve ever roasted a chicken (or even bought a ready-roasted one from the supermarket), you can make stock. It’s not complicated, time consuming or messy. It’s a one-pot wonder that largely looks after itself. Homemade stock is a great ingredient for soups, risotto  and stews […]

Home made cold and flu remedies!

We keep on about the benefits of keeping keeping fit and boosting your immunity, but unfortunately despite our greatest efforts we will all get a cold at some point this winter. But worry not, it needn’t be the end of the world and you don’t have to spend a fortune at the chemist. Just have […]