Clootie Dumpling Recipe

Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish steamed pudding, usually eaten at Christmas or New Year (Hogmanay). The term Clootie comes from the Scottish word cloot (clothe) which encases the dumpling while it is cooking. My mother always made a clootie dumpling for Christmas, and I have carried on this tradition. Ingredients 500g plain flour 500g mixed dried fruit (I used […]

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Triple Layer Pavlova Recipe

I am sharing this post once again as inspiration for Christmas dinner dessert. In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination. Preparation Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan […]

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The Healing Power of Baking

  My mother was an excellent cook and she always baked on Saturdays. Although our 1960’s kitchen was small and lacking in modern style worktops, the twin tub washing machine cover, the flap of the 60’s dresser and the top of the fridge were transformed into baking tables. Mum taught my three younger sisters and I to cook and bake, […]

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Recipe for Seafood Chowder

Last week, I made a pot of homemade seafood chowder and posted a photograph on social media. A request for the recipe followed. Ingredients 500g fresh white fish – I used haddock 500g fresh salmon fillets 200g cooked jumbo prawns – I used frozen 1 litre milk or unsweetened soya or almond milk 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Elder

My Purple Elder tree just coming into flower two weeks ago Midsummer is Elder’s time to bloom – displaying hundreds of lace like fronds of sweet scented flowers.  My purple Elder tree is calling me to use her blooms NOW and make some Elderflower cordial – a great tonic for the after effects of my flu! Elderflower Cordial Recipe Ingredients: 25 Elderflower heads […]

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