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Camembert vs Brie

Is there are a difference between Brie and Camembert? Yes, many. Should you eat the mould? Also yes. These questions and more are answered in this post about the history and the making of two iconic examples of French cheese. Warning: you may develop a serious soft cheese habit after reading this.

Making Mascarpone

Whether you have a sweet or a savoury tooth, chances are you like mascarpone cheese.  Mascarpone is the unsung hero behind some great dishes and the good news is it is easy to make at home. Read on for the simple steps to make your own at the quantity you need and some ideas for using it too

The Best Heirloom Bean Trial and Recipes

The trauma of early attempts at cooking dried beans during her student days led to an aversion that, twenty years later, Heather decided to face head-on by having a go at growing, tasting and generally getting to know some lovely legumes. Several heirloom varieties of dried beans are trialled and there are some delicious recipes too.

The Pudding Club

This is the time of year, when extra layers are needed, that I fondly remember Pudding Club. This is how it worked: we all trawled through old cookbooks, family vaults, and begged our Mums and Nanas for tried and true favourite recipes. I cooked (and ate) so many different puddings that I started looking a bit like one myself. Read on for an explanation of just what a Pudding Club is, plus some tips and a recipe for the perfect Steamed Pudding.

Coconut Yogurt Raw Probiotic Energy Bars

These raw oat and carrot bars are a great way to get your family eating probiotic and fibre rich food without knowing it. Stuck together with coconut yogurt, not sugary syrups, they are high in energy, fiber, and free from dairy and refined sugars.  Simple to make and handy for breakfast on the run or lunchbox fillers.

Make your Own Home Orchard Journal

I’m not what you’d call a crafty girl. If I’m totally honest, which maybe I shouldn’t be, I’d say I’ve never seen the point of patch-working and scrap-booking (sorry). I can knit – but my real talent and inclination lie in the garden and the kitchen.

How To Make Nitrate Free Bacon - In Three Days

If you are tired of watery, tasteless store-bought bacon and wary of the nitrates used to preserve it commercially, read on to see how easy it is to make your own. Heather outlines simple steps to do it yourself in three days.

How to make Greek Yogurt and the Best Ever Pastry Recipe

We all love Greek Yogurt, but what is in the store-bought stuff? Heather takes you through how ridiculously easy it is to make your own thick creamy yogurt at home and then passes on a recipe for making pastry from it.

How To Make (Good) Cider At Home

Ever fancied making your own Cider? Ever made it and regretted it? Heather's piece about her meander around Peckham's cidery one crisp Moutere autumn morning, will have you reaching for your basket and apple press.  Alex and Caroline Peckham make medal winning ciders and share their tips for creating your own tasty and well-balanced tipple from just right apples.

Growing A Mushroom Forest

I spent a fascinating afternoon touring farm and business, Neudorf Mushrooms. They planted a forest on their 120-acre property in Upper Moutere over a decade ago, not to grow wood but to grow mushrooms, like the wild ones they had experienced in Switzerland. I thought you'd like to read some of the things I learned and get some of their delicious mushroom recipes. 

The Truth About Baked Beans and a Recipe

Those of you who have been following along for a while will know that we do like a good taste test.  You'll also know that we've been a little preoccupied with growing dried beans these last couple of years and that we have a store cupboard full of them. What to do with them all? 

The Best Ever Lemon Cordial Syrup

If you have lemons, you make lemonade and the best homemade lemonade recipe starts with our concentrated lemon cordial syrup. This recipe is a store cupboard staple and the start of many delicious and soothing drinks. It can make a hot lemon and ginger drink to ease a heavy head cold or add a splash of soda water and ice for a long refreshing summer drink.
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