Thursday 29 July 2010

Jam and things

Beautiful berries - black currant .......

..... and red currant ...

.... make beautiful jam ...

courtesy of friends who let us pick their berries.

Sunday 18 July 2010


  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp  baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 55g butter
  • 55g raisins or sultanas
  • 150ml milk
Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
Rub in butter.
Stir in caster sugar and raisins.
Mix to a dough with the milk.

Roll out to 1 1/2cm and cut out scones.

Bake in oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 12 - 15 minutes.


Wednesday 14 July 2010

Rhubarb champagne

4 cups finely chopped rhubarb
4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 lemon finely sliced
25 cups water

Combine all ingredients and let stand in a pail for at least 2 full days.
Strain out fruit and residue and bottle.
Be careful, the mixture could become quite pressurized over too much time. Keep letting the pressure out of the bottles.

Chocolatey biscuits

8oz plain biscuits
4oz butter
2 tbls golden syrup
2tbls sugar
4tsp cocoa
Handful of raisins

For the icing, 4 oz icing sugar, tsp cocoa and a little water or melted chocolate

Melt butter, sugar, syrup and cocoa in a pan.
Add the raisins.
Crush the biscuits and add to the melted mixture.
Pour mixture into a swiss roll size tin and press down, put in the fridge to set.

Mix icing sugar, cocoa and water and ice over mixture or pour over melted chocolate.

Sunday 11 July 2010

Busy Day

I pulled out the first lot of mange tout and saved the peas for seed and cooking.