Advent cake

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This is like a Christmas cake but not quite so rich. I bake one at the same time as my Christmas cakes – on Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday in November, when traditionally people make their Christmas cakes, Christmas puds … Continued

Eliza Acton’s Christmas pudding

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This is the best Christmas pud recipe ever, from Eliza Acton’s classic book “Modern Cookery” of 1845: “a remarkably light small rich pudding”. Serves 4 generously. You will need a 1.2litre ceramic pudding bowl, or two x 600ml – or … Continued

Bolo Rei (Three Kings’ cake)

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This is a traditional Portuguese crown-style cake for Epiphany, to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings on 6 January. Makes one 24cm cake. Ingredients 340g strong bread flour or plain flour teaspoon fast-acting dried yeast + 75ml water 70g … Continued

Mince pies

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There is nothing quite like home-baked mince pies – it really is worth making your own pastry for this and they smell wonderful. Makes 12 regular sized pies or 24 mini-pies. Pastry 200g plain flour 100g unsalted butter, straight from … Continued

Aylsham Food Festival 2018

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It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and that can only mean it’s time for the Aylsham Food Festival. This year, music, magic and memories are on the menu at the ever-popular three-day event which returns in October (from … Continued

Recipes – the Slow way

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Slow Food members have collected some of their favourite recipes and present them here for visitors to have a go. All recipes are based on seasonal food, easy to cook, affordable and use locally produced ingredients where possible. Bon appetite. … Continued

Showtime for Slow time

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Aylsham turned up in its best bib and tucker for the 14th annual Food Festival presented by Slow Food Aylsham. The three-day showcase festival attracted hundreds to Slow Food’s traditional celebration of all that is good about local fare, supported, … Continued

There goes the ciderman

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Scores of cider fans converged on Aylsham Town Hall (28 September) to watch local cidermaker David Warren, his wife Jenny and daughter Rosie put on a demonstration, display and tasting of home-grown cider as well as their own cider vinegar, … Continued

And the potato quiz winner is . . .

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Congratulations Mr Chris Roberts from Olney, Bucks, who correctly identified the non-potato vegetables in our Potato Family Quiz. A family ticket for the Aylsham Food Festival Big Slow Brunch on 7 October is on it’s way. Eighty three people who … Continued

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