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Skinny french kitchen

I have had enquiries, so the news on the allotment at the mo is that the weeding is going well. We’ve slowed it down now that the back of it has been broken.  I’ll get some pics up in a … Continue reading

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A couple of things I didn’t know about yoghurt

We’re now making our own yoghurt.  After a fairly pathetic failed attempt to make some without bespoke equipment (as suggested by the sometimes over-optimistic River Cottage Family Cookbook) we bought a cheap yoghurt maker from Lakeland.  The process is super … Continue reading

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Potatoes: the buying, finding and stealing of

We have potatoes on the brain at CEC today.  Buying Potatoes  Its potato buying time, we’ve bought a few pink fir apples from DIY stores (they seem to be few and far between and even more expensive than last year … Continue reading

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Ludlow #2

We’re getting a wee bit better at being here. Thanks to our need to head out and buy toilet paper as a matter of urgency  (the joys of disorganised self catering) we were in town for elevenses looking for cafes … Continue reading

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The plot (weed patch) thickens

Turn your back for a minute and there are weeds everywhere – its amazing we’ve cleared one patch completely twice (from a starting point of no weeds in march) and its back to looking like a lawn AGAIN.  I was … Continue reading

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Not bitter, and not that hairy either

…so I’m not quite sure why Hairy Bitter Cress got its name.  It is, however, very cress-like. One of the better discoveries thanks to yet another River Cottage Book (on Hedgerows this time) is that you can eat that scrappy … Continue reading

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Unusual jam for the WI?

Faffing around online instead of getting on with what I should have been doing today I found out that Pam Corbin (she who wrote my favourite preserves bible) has a bit of a blog going on.  So I had to … Continue reading

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Bottling it up

The River Cottage Handbook on Preserves by Pam Corbin is one of my favourite books at the moment.  The nice thing about a really good book is that it leads you to places you wouldn’t have arrived at from where … Continue reading

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