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…

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s sticky quince and ginger cake

I looooove quince so I snapped up a good bunch at the Old Trafford Amateur Gardeners Society last week. This recipe means you also get some jelly from the poaching liquid – a tasty addition to toast. 150g butter, softened, plus a little more for greasing 2 large-ish quinces (about 600g) 160g caster or vanilla sugar 160g…

River Cottage Brown Bread Ice Cream

In my efforts to become a sourdough maestro, I have some rubbish bread which needs another function. Long behold a recipe in the River Cottage Bread Book for Brown Bread Ice Cream, it had merits! You can find the recipe online here. The ice cream base is vanilla custard, and the bread is ‘toasted’ with…

White bean soup with new-season garlic and parsley

So tasty, quick and easy. It’s Mr Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s white bean soup with new-season garlic and parsley, of which I have 80% of the ingredients list home grown and bought from Hulme Garden Centre (and a little chuffed about). This is a seriously tasty soup and vegan too. You can make it with mature garlic…

River Cafe’s Roast Ribollita

With a big bag of chard from Glebelands City Growers and spinach, white onions and basil from the Riverford veg box, there is only one call… ribollita al forno! Its a thick Tuscan soup, in this recipe River Cafe suggest you roast it in the oven between slices of sourdough. This recipe serves 6. Ingredients…

Mary Berry’s Crunchy Orange Syrup Loaf

Wow, what a tasty cake – and really easy too. It’s a basic cake mix with 1 orange, even the syrup didn’t need heating before pouring over the cake (and I resisted prodding the cake with holes). The recipe says prepare 2 x 1lb tins, but I used 1 x 2lb tin. 100g softened butter…