Ingredients

Sloe Time and Worth the Wait.

sloes in sieve and blackthorn branch with wild dyed cloth

Ripe Sloes and Blackthorn Branch

The Sloe is the fruit of the capricious blackthorn. As early as march bride-like veils of  white gossamer appear to billow and waft along the length of the hedgerows and field margins. An illusion created by the densley packed floral display of this early flowering  bush. The blackthorns small, delicate, lacey white flowers appear well before its leaves have even thought about getting out of bed for spring. This apparition, and the wonderful accompanying scent always stops me in my tracks, a happy acknowledgment that warmer weather and spring sunshine are on their way before too long. Continue reading

Sugar on Trial – villain or useful ingredient? Plus – two, low-sugar, summer fruit recipes.

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We love a food villain don’t we? Something that we can point a finger at and blame for our personal or national health-ills and expanding waistlines. Its easier to blame an individual, like fat, rather than a generic group, like ‘refined foods’, and so now, from this ‘group’, sugar has been singled out and put in the dock for sentencing and general humiliation.

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Book yourself a Zesty Weekend in the Lake District.

Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival

The World’s original Marmalade Awards

March 17 & 18th 2018

In 2005, Jane Hasell-McCosh set up the worlds original  Marmalade Festival and Awards. Held annually near Penrith in the Lake District the event draws crowds well before the usual holiday season.  This March Jane has kindly offered me three demonstration sessions where I will be cooking recipes from  At Home in Cumbria.  Do come and join the fun.  Continue reading

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