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Strawberry and Mint Curd

Posted 30 July 2013 by
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Strawberry is such a great summer flavour, not least for its association with summer picnics and Wimbledon. This strawberry and mint curd is a sweet summer treat and a good way to use up the strawberries that finally ripened here (if they really need using up). Mint goes well with strawberries, and the fruit/mint combo reminds me of a jug Pimm’s.

Strawberry and mint curd

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Strawberry, Black Pepper and Balsamic Jam

Posted 28 July 2013 by
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Like the plain strawberry jam I made last month, this recipe for strawberry, black pepper and balsamic jam is adapted from one by Pam Corbin in the River Cottage Preserves book. (Fabulous book, I definitely recommend it.) Balsamic vinegar and black pepper are both classic ingredients to combine with strawberries, and their addition here make a lovely rich, spicy strawberry jam. I used about 1 tsp of ground black pepper, but you can add more or less to suit taste.

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Strawberry Jam

Posted 13 June 2013 by
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Well, it’s mid-June and Summer Solstice is just over a week away, yet it’s grey, damp and miserable outside. Getting in the kitchen for a spot of strawberry jam-making is a good a way as any of banishing the rainy-day blues. I can’t think of a flavour more evocative of British summertime than the humble strawberry.

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Caramelised Carrot Chutney

Posted 30 April 2013 by
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I love chutney, but carrot chutney is a new one for me; Marks and Spencer do an absolutely lovely Wensleydale cheese and caramelised carrot chutney sandwich that I wanted to be able to recreate at home. Carrot chutney isn’t something you can easily find, so I looked for recipes online, with not much luck. Nearly everything I found had things like sultanas added to it, which wasn’t right at all.

After a couple of experiments, I came up with this recipe. I recreated the sandwich and tried them side by side. It’s pretty damn close to the real thing. I used Wensleydale for authenticity, but this sweet chutney would go well with any salty and/or creamy cheese like feta, cheddar or goat’s cheese.

Caramelised carrot chutney

 

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Cranberry Jelly

Posted 7 December 2012 by
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This recipe for cranberry jelly comes from The Complete Book of Preserves and Pickles by Catherine Atkinson and Maggie Mahew. Cranberry jelly, or its relation cranberry sauce, has become a staple of the Christmas table.

Cranberries and chopped apples in a pan

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Raspberry Curd

Posted 15 November 2012 by
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Imagine the fruity, summery fragrance of homemade raspberry jam. Now picture the smooth, creamy texture and citrous tartness of lemon curd. Can you imagine combining those two delights into one jar? This recipe for raspberry curd does just that!

A pile of raspberries

As gorgeous as this curd is, it’s extremely hard to find it anywhere to buy. I had my first taste of it when I discovered a jar of it in the food tent at a local agricultural show. A couple of years later, I was brought back a jar from Scotland. Apart from those two occasions, I’ve never seen it, so I knew I’d have to find a recipe to make my own.

Now, you don’t have to include lemon juice to make raspberry curd, but I think it gives a better taste. Without the lemon, the end result is a bit sweeter, and tastes a little like sherbet. So, it comes down to personal preference, but I find the tart lemon offsets the sweet raspberries perfectly.

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Tangy Red Onion Chutney

Posted 28 December 2010 by
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This red onion chutney is a great basic onion chutney recipe which would probably appeal to a lot of people who don’t normally “do” chutney. It’s sweet, doesn’t have an overwhelmingly strong taste and is along the same lines as the caramelised onion chutney and red onion marmalade type things that are all the rage. This recipe is for tangy onion chutney and comes from BBC Good Food.

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Lemon Curd

Posted 9 December 2010 by
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How can you not love lemon curd? It’s tangy, sweet, fruity, creamy — it’s like summer in a jar. I was so excited to make homemade lemon curd for the first time and, although it seems like it might be complicated, it was really quite easy. There are, of course, many recipe variations out there, with different proportions of lemon, sugar and eggs. Some (yes you, Delia), include cornflour, which seems a bit bizarre to me. I used The Pink Whisk’s recipe for Super Zingy Lemon Curd.

A teaspoonful of yellow homemade lemon curd

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Christmas Spiced Plum Chutney

Posted 13 November 2010 by
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Christmas is on its way! Forget cinnamon/pine scented candles, absolutely the most Christmassy smell I’ve ever smelled is this spiced plum chutney bubbling away on the stove. It’s got figs, oranges, cranberries and cinnamon (and plums!) and is Christmassy enough to inspire Scrooge himself to start singing “Mary’s Boy Child”. I adapted the recipe from one at Allotment Growing Recipes, but there’s also a great-looking one at Domestic Sluttery that I’ll try one day.

Chutney with a nice, sharp cheddar

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Bramble and Elderberry Jelly

Posted 11 November 2010 by
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On to the next round of hedgerow jelly! I made this bramble and elderberry jelly back in September when the hedgerows were still brimming with berries. I used to love bramble jelly as a child, so I thought I’d try to recreate that. While I was foraging for blackberries, I spied an elder tree so picked some elderberries too, for a bit of a kick!

Elderberry and bramble jelly on homemade English muffins

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