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After writing up the wild plum jam recipe the last week, I realised that I hadn’t written about the super easy marrow and ginger jam I made a few weeks ago. We’ve had a lot of marrows this year – more by accident than design — too many courgette plants to keep up with. I [...]

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So last week, we went fishing for fruit on the mystery fruit tree outside our kitchen window. We collected 5.5kg of the plum-ish fruit, probably sacrificed as much the floor gods, and there is still a fair bit up there (albeit not terribly accessible). We’re not sure if they’re wild plum or cherry plum as [...]

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Following on from yesterday’s post about my love affair with slow rise/no knead bread, I’ve asked a question on Recycle This today about how to make better use of the oven while baking. It uses a fair bit of energy (and therefore money) so I want to make sure the process is as efficient as [...]

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Slow rise bread is awesome and here’s my top five reasons why. 1. Slow rise bread is really easy and, waiting aside, quick to make. While it usually takes about 18 hours from start to finish so requires plenty of forethought if you want it for a particular meal, it only takes about 5-10 minutes [...]

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My last post about cold smoking cheese left off when the cheese was coming out of the smoker. All the guides I read recommended leaving it to rest for the flavours to develop – at an absolute minimum overnight but ideally a least a week. So I wrapped up the smokey sticks in parchment paper, [...]

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Today, I’ve: Built a cold-smoking cabinet/mini-smoke house Cursed the sun because just as I finished the latter, it came out and made it too hot to cold smoke cheese without it melting all over the place Cleaned out the chicken coop Hung out a load of washing, which, of course, caused the sun to go [...]

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