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  • Making Sloe Gin with Dried Sloes

    A few years ago I wrote about How to Make Your Own Sloe Gin. We are often asked about Making Sloe Gin with Dried Sloes in place of fresh ones, and this is how you do that. 
  • Homemade Creamy Ricotta Cheese

    Making your own cheese at home is one of life's pleasures. These basic, soft cheeses are simple to make and it's rewarding to make them yourself using fresh, natural ingredients. Homemade Creamy Ricotta Cheese is one of the simplest of all. Step-by-step video included.
  • Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

    If you've never tried Hawthorn Ketchup before, it has an unusual, sweet and sour-like taste. It is fairly runny, so you can bottle it as an alternative to putting it in a jar. Lovely with sausages, cold meats and cheese, simple to make. Once you've tasted it, you have to make it every year!
  • Homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur using Top Shelf Essence

    This homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur is a winner. Gorgeous for Christmas yet perfect as a year-round treat, it is very simple to make.  If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you'll know I make a range of homemade liqueurs, some from scratch and some using Top Shelf Essences by Still Spirits.
  • How to make Homemade Hazelnut Liqueur with Top Shelf Essence

    This hazelnut liqueur is lovely. It is very simple to make using Top Shelf Almond Liqueur Essence, a base and vodka.

    Andy makes this liqueur every Christmas, and sometimes in the months in-between - it is that good! Lovely on it's own, over ice or in coffee. 

  • Homemade Clementine and Brandy Butter

    With Christmas rapidly approaching, we have started making the lovely little side dishes that, for us, make Christmas so special. Not least of all because we don't have them at any other time of year. One such thing we make is Clementine and Brandy Butter.
  • How to make Irish Whiskey using Top Shelf Shamrock Whiskey Flavouring

    I have told you before how wonderful homemade Irish Cream Liqueur is, and shared my favourite Irish Cream Recipe. To make it, you need Irish Whiskey. We make ours using a Whiskey-like drink made with Top Shelf Shamrock Whiskey Flavouring.
  • How to make Acorn Coffee

    Every autumn when we see acorns on the ground, we talk about what we could do with them. Acorn coffee is discussed every year, but usually doesn't ...
  • How to make Homemade Halloumi Cheese

    We love Halloumi all year round, especially grilled on the bbq. Andy makes ours now because it is so easy to make. Here he shares how to make homemade Halloumi Cheese, and there's also a tutorial video where he grills it on the bbq.
  • How to Make Butter from Cream

    It is October 2020 as I write this. In the UK we were locked down for 6 months earlier this year due to COVID-19, and some products became difficul...
  • Growing Salad Leaves in Rain Guttering

    We've been growing salad leaves in rain guttering for years. If you've thought about it too and are not sure where to start, this is how to get yours set up. You can enjoy fresh, beautiful Salad Leaves whenever you want them, all year round. And all at very low cost.
  • How to build a Brick Herb Spiral

    A Herb Spiral is a lovely feature to have in any growing space, like the ultimate raised bed. We have had an allotment for years, and I've always wanted one. This is a step by step guide describing how we built our Herb Spiral with repurposed bricks.