‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season It’s that time of year where Panic, Manic and Chaos tend to be unwelcome visitors to anyone’s home, including mine. I don’t know about you, my dear readers, but I pile on the pressure by opening up our home to friends and neighbours on Christmas Eve. Nothing fancy, just booze and nibbles,…

On a Bramble Roll – The Bramble Glut Part lll

Bramble On   I’m still picking these thorny blighters with the added danger of drowsy wasps buzzing around the fruit and my head. I say drowsy, but they could be drunk on the rotting windfalls. BOGG (Big Ol’ Grumpy Git aka the Husband) almost stuck his fingers into a hollow apple that had over twelve…

A Glut of Brambles – Part Deux!

Bramble Glut Curd  A Glut of Brambles – Part Deux! Well with the amount of fruit that I’ve amassed over the past few weeks, I really couldn’t leave you, my dear readers, with just one proper bramble recipe. As I said in my previous post, there are pickles, gin and cider vinegar on the pantry shelves,…

What To Do With A Glut of Brambles

Bramble Glut Posset This year has just been phenomenal for brambles. Our garden seemed to be overrun with the thorny buggers. Next year’s tangle thrashing around like demented spiky snakes, waiting to catch the unwary as they gather the fruit from this season’s pickings. I have had more than my fair share of scratches and…

Scone Ecosse – or in other words, haggis scones!

A great use for any leftover haggis you might have lurking around in the fridge. You can use any variety; works well with the meaty version or if you’re a vegetarian, Macsween’s make a very good veggie one. Has it been done before , I kenneth not! Scone Ecosse Tip 8oz of self raising flour into…

Banana Chocolate Loaf or is it a Dozen Muffins or a Pudding?

Banana Chocolate Loaf or is it a Dozen Muffins or a Pudding?   Just because you use the same ingredients in a recipe doesn’t mean it should turn out the same each time. Most cake recipes can be turned into something else, for example, a Victoria sandwich mix can become fairy cakes or cupcakes (not that I’m…

Fruit, Plain and Cheese Scones

I love scones, they are so simple, quick and easy to make. Dollop jam and cream on fruit or plain ones. Nothing better than cold butter from the fridge melting slowly on cheese scones; I’m even partial to marmite on them! They make a lovely change from bread with soup. I now have published a…

The All But Muffin – All But the Kitchen Sink!

I was asked by fellow POATer, Jackie Kaines Lang, if I’d like to be on her radio show. Immediate reaction was oh yes! So a quick jaunt down to the Borders and I was talking to her on Radio Generate, a local radio station that was based in the market town of Duns, and what…

Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly! How to Bake Responsibly with Lavender!

Lavender’s Blue, Dilly, Dilly! Or How to Bake Responsibly with Lavender! As many of you, my dear readers, know, I am besotted with the Secret Herb Garden. From the bees buzzing around the top field, gathering pollen for the very special honey that SHG sell, to the pattering whispers of gentle rain tip, tip tapping…

Who Can Refuse a Slice of Brownie

Forgive me readers, I’ve been remiss. It’s very easy to set up a blog and just as easy to let it slide. Of this, I am guilty. The hand is better; physioterrorism seems to have helped. They gave me a fantastic state-of-the-art kit … a large elastic band and a peg! I can’t complain as…

Give Us Our Daily Bread!

My wholemeal bread, in the past, has been described, at best, as being reminiscent of a house brick that no self-respecting duck would deign to self-stuff with. And, believe me when I say, I have tried making brown bread many a time without out success. White on the other hand always turns out as something…