Preserves and Drinks

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

Georgian Inspired Plum Chutney

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Georgian Style Plum Chutney

Its chutney time, and this year our orchard trees are groaning under the weight of beautifully ripening fruits. I have already made jams and jellies, and put pies and purees into the deepfreeze.  The last job of the season is to turn the remainder, and the later ripening fruits into chutneys and pickles. This year I thought I would try something a bit different and have developed a plum chutney inspired by the traditional plum sauce of Georgia. Continue reading