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How to make your own Raspberry Pies

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This is a Raspberry Pie recipe I created based on a Raspberry Curd bought from an an English Heritage gift shop. You can get the raspberry curd from most English Heritage gift shops (or from a local farm shop), or you can use raspberry jam available from any supermarket (seedless would probably be better). Ingredients […]

Recipe Mince Pies

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Here is a recipe for easy home-made mince pies. It’s a slight variation on the traditional pies recipe with a sweeter pastry. This recipe is great for cooking with kids. You can make your own mincemeat, but it’s easier using a standard jar of good quality mincemeat. Makes 12 mince pies Ingredients Pastry 225g plain […]

Book review – Cooking for Geeks

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

I’ve read quite a few O’Reilly “Cookbooks” and written a review of one before (Arduino Cookbook), but this is the first O’Reilly book I’ve seen that is actually about food! This is cooking with a difference. From the title you can probably guess who the intended audience is; which I guess means admitting that I […]

Recipe – Yorkshire Parkin (Cake for Bonfire Night made with Black Treacle)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Parkin is a traditional Yorkshire cake that is often eaten around Bonfire Night. With the help of my six year old daughter I’ve made some for this year and it is delicious. Here’s the recipe for anyone that would like to make your own.

Cooking sustainable fish – Spicy Mackerel fillets

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This is another recipe using sustainable mackerel fish fillets. For the reasons that eating sustainable fish is so important see The End of the Line – the problem of overfishing (also see Buying and cooking fresh and frozen sustainable fish from UK supermarkets). My previous recipe was for cooking with kids, but this one is […]

Cooking with kids – Mackerel Goujons (sustainable fish)

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is a nice easy fish recipe that you can involve young children with. It’s also made with Mackerel which is considered one of the more sustainably caught fish. For the reasons that this is so important see The End of the Line – the problem of overfishing (also see Buying and cooking fresh and […]

Buying and cooking fresh and frozen sustainable fish

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I’ve already written a post about how easy it is to buy sustainable tinned fish from a supermarket, but what about fresh and frozen fish. Until recently there seamed to be little choice at the supermarket except for frozen pollock (alternative haddock) or frozen coley (alternative to cod), but with help to the publicity from […]

Book review: The River Cottage Fish Book

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The River Cottage Fish Book is not just a cookery book. It’s also a useful guide to anglers planning to eat their catch and to those concerned about the sustainability of the fish we eat. It is the sustainability of the fish that makes this book stand out from all the others. UK consumers are […]

The End Of The Line – shopping for sustainable fish

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

After watching the film documentary – The End of the Line I’ve now read the book as well. The End of the Line examines the damage that commercialised fishing has done and is still doing to the worlds oceans putting profits ahead of the sustainability of the fish. This has endangered many species of fish, […]

Book review: Pudsey Annual – BBC Children in Need

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

If you have young children then they will love this Pudsey Bear Annual from BBC Children in Need. The annual includes games, puzzles, recipes, crafts, activities and stories. There are plenty of activities varying in difficulty from pre-school to young school aged children. The annual is themed with Pudsey Bear and Blush throughout and includes […]


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