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  • 10 Reasons Your Home Brew Fermentation May Have Stopped - Checklist

    Sometimes you make a wine, beer, cider or mead and it starts fermenting beautifully. Then... it stops. There could be at least 10 reasons why your ...
  • Homebrew Tips: How to Rack - and why

    Racking is a key process in home brewing and wine making. Your recipe may call for you to rack your brew once, twice and maybe even three times bef...
  • 10 Reasons Your Wine Fermentation Won't Start - Checklist

    It's autumn and this is the time of year when our customers are making wine from garden grapes or country wines. More contact us than usual at this...
  • Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

    Today I made my banana bread with chocolate chips, and I posted about it on Instagram. Someone asked me for the recipe, and that was when I realised I've never shared it on here before. 
  • How to cook perfectly Medium Rare Roast Beef and Gravy

    A good joint of quality beef topside isn't cheap. For a few years I was always the one to cook it, as Andy was worried he'd mess it up. Once he'd perfected how to cook perfectly Medium Rare Roast Beef using the High Temperature method just the way we liked it, his roast beef was better than mine. Lucky break for me then. Though I still make the gravy.
  • Homemade Mascarpone Cheese and Caffè Reale dessert (thanks to Pizza Express)

    Mascarpone Cheese is a delicious, rich Italian triple cream cheese which is easy to make. I became hooked on mascarpone when Pizza Express had Caffè Reale on their dessert menu, with marinated figs. It is very easy to rustle up when you have the miniature figs and it's delicious with homemade mascarpone cheese.
  • Rosehip Vodka Liqueur aka Rosehip Schnapps

    We foraged loads of Rosehips last autumn and winter, and we made most of them into rosehip syrup. However I held a few back and made a small batch ...
  • Blackberry Port Recipe

    It is the beginning of August and the blackberry season is upon us. We leave a small corner of our allotment overgrown for the bees and butterflies...
  • Gin and Tonic Cucumber Pickles

    Every year on our allotment we have a glut (ie more than we can possibly ever eat) of at least one thing. The first glut of 2020 will be... *drumroll*... cucumbers. I plan to make Bread and Butter Pickles. But before I make the sensible, traditional pickles, I had to make Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles.
  • Homemade Sausage Rolls

    If you have never had a homemade sausage roll, then your life is about to change for the better. Yes, that's what I said. You can make them in no t...
  • Bread Maker Pitta Breads

    For years I bought Pitta Breads in the supermarket. Then I saw a photograph of homemade pitta breads and they looked so beautiful, I had to have a ...
  • Damson Wine Recipe

    Here is our Damson Wine Recipe. Damsons come from the same family as plums. Their natural tartness means damson wine needs to be aged for longer than some other fruit wines, but it's worth the wait. Damsons grow in hedgerows all around the UK. Easy to spot, they look like little purple jewels hanging from the branches.