No fuss fondant potatoes

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This delicious recipe is amazingly simple and, for those who are weight conscious , is very low in calories or Syns.  It  makes an ideal accompaniment to all kinds of grilled or roast meats, fish or a slice of a … Continued

Red pepper and feta cheese tart

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This is a lovely way to use red peppers, at their best in autumn. It’s a fabulous combination of sweet peppers, salty cheese and crisp pastry. Great for a Christmas veggie dish too. Serves 4 You will need three medium … Continued

Seville orange curd tart

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Seville oranges are traditionally used to make marmalade but they’re also wonderful in this fragrant pud. Think lemon curd, only orange-flavoured; it works perfectly. Serves 4. One pack of shortcrust pastry (or make your own sweet shortcrust pastry with 175g … Continued

Honey nut biscuits

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A recipe from my Slovak daughter-in-law – just the thing for last-minute Christmas presents. Easy for children to make too. Makes 24. Ingredients 300g plain flour 140g caster sugar 40g chopped almonds or walnuts, fairly finely chopped but not powdered … Continued

Warm dropped scones

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Not a fan of the favoured afternoon tea? This might convince you. Warm dropped scones, a sprinkling of sugar, warm juicy strawberries served with clotted cream.  What’s not to like? Ingredients (serves 2) For the dropped scones 150g self-raising flour … Continued

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

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