Treacle Tart

Probably the best treacle tart out there. By Shaun Rankin and features on the Great British Chef website. I’d perhaps use less salt next time I make it. Treacle Tart Pastry 260g of plain flour 100g of icing sugar 30g of ground almonds 125g of unsalted butter, diced 3 eggs 1 tsp of milk plain…

Nigella’s Quince Brandy

4-6 quinces 2 litres cheap brandy 4 small cinnamon sticks 4 star anise Rub the fuzz off your quinces with a kitchen towel. Quarter them, without peeling or coring, and place them in a large (one-gallon), wide-mouth jar or in my case, a couple of 1.5 litre. Pour the brandy over the fruit, filling the…

Broccoli Rabe and Shiitake

I’ve grown a row of Rabe (Raab) on the farm as an experiment. It comes with a small head of florets, leaves and stalk. Quite tasty, but from the first recipe, it doesn’t taste much like broccoli. I tried this recipe from Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/broccoli-rabe-and-shiitakes-recipe.html Super easy and very tasty.

Ginger Wine

The last couple of years has seen me explore alcohols, brewing and infusing. Ginger Wine has been the easiest and most successful wine that i’ve made so far. And its relatively inexpensive. What you need Yeast nutrient 1 sachet white wine yeast 500 g (1 lb) raisins, chopped and squashed Zest and juice of 4…

Wine Syrup

After a few experiments with brewing, i’ve got a stash of okay-ish apple wine, ginger beer and mead. We’re unlikely to drink it, its just not tasty enough, but seems such a waste to pour it down the sink. So our first plan is to make syrup from it with advice from The Kitchn. It’s super…

Tamara’s ratatouille

We made Tamara’s ratatouille from Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook, perfect for a summer supper and miles away from the tinned version. Even though theres a few cooking steps, its actually really easy to make (and helps work on that courgette glut). http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/tamara-s-ratatouille-shop  On 28th September, Ottolenghi is visiting Manchester to promote his new book, Nopi. Book here: www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/yotam-ottolenghi-ramael-scully 

Lemon and Rosemary Drizzle Cake

With lots of rosemary growing outside my front door, I was excited to find this Lemon and Rosemary drizzle cake on the Guardian blog by Ruby Tandoh. Its really easy to make, incredibly tasty and the sprigs of rosemary compliments the fresh lemony zing of this moist cake. I made it in a longer, narrower…

Roast carrot & fennel soup

A super easy vegan soup, thats light and refreshing, adapted from Jamie Oliver. Ingredients 1 kg carrots, peeled, trimmed and sliced 2 bulbs of fennel, trimmed and sliced, tops reserved to serve 1 onion, sliced Olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled 1.6 litres vegetable stock Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Put…

Jamie’s Chunky Squash and Chickpea Soup

Our January adventure in soup continues with this spicy soup from Jamie Oliver. Ingredients 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, reserving the seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 dried red chilli, crumbled olive oil 2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley,…