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Blight potatoes

Blight gains a hold of crops in warm moist conditions – typically on a hot day following a shower of rain, and once established it’s very difficult to eradicate, partly because of the speed of infection. If you ignore blight for a day you may well lose your whole crop.
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Blight potatoes

Easy Corned Beef

This Corned Beef recipe is amazing and really does work. To understand corned food you need to go back to Old England.
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Easy Corned Beef

Bird Pests

Some people love them but pigeons eat twice their own weight of food each day and there’s not a lot you can do about it.
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Bird Pests

Quick Kedgeree

Quick Kedgeree is one of our favourite lunches, I know true kedgeree is traditionally a breakfast dish.
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Quick Kedgeree

Chocolate Delights

A delicious ganache type dessert, Quick Chocolate Delights are really easy to make.
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Chocolate Delights

Bad tomatoes, perfect pickles

Tomatoes this year have been a complete washout and I am so cross about it. I just threw out three plants that have so few fruits on them it is little point keeping them going. At this time of the year (mid August) I always reduce the leaf area, to allow the remaining tomatoes to start to ripen without the extra humidity of the leaves.
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Bad tomatoes, perfect pickles

Seed saving and all that stuff

Saving seeds is an excellent way of preserving favourite vegetables
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Seed saving and all that stuff

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is a caramelised apple dessert which never fails to please, and it doesn't matter if you make a mess of the turning over stage, it still tastes great!
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Tarte Tatin

How healthy is processed meat?

How healthy is processed meat?
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How healthy is processed meat?

City Cottage Economics

What would it be like if we ran our cities like we’d run a cottage?
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City Cottage Economics

Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs

Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs
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Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs

What to do in your garden in October

A season of mists and all that... October is a time to roll your sleeves up and do a bit of graft, bringing in your harvest and getting ready for next season.
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What to do in your garden in October

What to do in your garden in September

The whole planet literally turns a corner in its journey around the sun and in the UK we really feel the effects. The tides go high, the rivers fill up and the daylight changes. September is a time for preparation.
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What to do in your garden in September

Today in the garden: August blues

Today in the garden is a blog on growing vegetables and gardening.
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Today in the garden: August blues

Beetroot

Beetroot is an extremely easy to grow root crop, beetroot will do well in any soil or any situation. It prefers well draining, friable soil and good sun. It can be grown either directly in the ground or in pots. As the whole plant, from the root to the leaves, can be eaten, they are a good all-round crop.
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Beetroot

Grow aubergine

Gaining in popularity, aubergines no longer need to be soaked to stop them from being bitter. Here's how to grow them.
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Grow aubergine

Leek and Gammon Bake

Brilliantly tasty meal for 4 that doesn't cost the earth.
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Leek and Gammon Bake

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs were often eaten as part of the breakfast; we tend to eat them cold with a picnic or salad meal.
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Scotch Eggs

Easy meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy Meatballs in Tomato Sauce can be done with pork mince or a mixture of beef and pork
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Easy meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Pork Pie

This is the most lovely pork pie you can make. Really inexpensive and enjoyed by everyone.
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Pork Pie

Growing mushrooms

Growing mushrooms for the kitchen is rather an exciting thing to do for the first time.
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Growing mushrooms

Easy shallot sauce

This is an easy sauce to make that is really good with steak.
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Easy shallot sauce

Winter crops

You can easily say that the polytunnel turns our four seasons into three, a warmish bit, a very warm bit and a cool bit. The winter is six weeks late and the spring a couple on months early.
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Winter crops

Totally Tomatoes 2016

For anyone who believes all tomatoes taste the same, of for those who know they certainly do not - this is the time to come and visit Victoriana garden nurseries. All week they will have the tomato house open for visitors to view the growing crop and taste any fruits they would care to.
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Totally Tomatoes 2016

Chicken, mushroom and bacon pasta recipe

This is a brilliant sauce for pasta, one which you can modify at your will!
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Chicken, mushroom and bacon pasta recipe

Pickled onions

If you like pickled onions, you really need to start with shallots, which are smaller, can be stronger, are much sweeter. The process is a simple one, we don't need any fancy cures, no additional flavours, just vinegar, salt and a little sugar.
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Pickled onions

Grow food – you need places to grow

If you want to grow your own food, obviously you need places to grow stuff
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Grow food –  you need places to grow

What to do with hens in hot weather – summer hens

Hens in hot weather can be a strange bunch. For a start they eat less and drink more – a bit like us really. And of course you would expect that. As you can imagine, a ball of muscle and guts surrounded by feathers would get very hot indeed. They have no other way of controlling their temperature than panting, which is actually using their lungs as a cooling mechanism.
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What to do with hens in hot weather – summer hens

What to do with pots of crops in the garden in the hot weather

Hot weather in the garden can be quite distracting for the gardener used to a constant deluge of rain. If, like me, you have a lot of plants in pots and containers, you will find then drying out rather quickly and the plants suffering as a consequence. This is especially true for leafy crops which evaporate lots of water from their leaves.
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What to do with pots of crops in the garden in the hot weather

Growing shallots in pots

Growing shallots in pots is easy and very successful. Really, it took me by surprise. One day they were growing nicely, the next they were all fallen over and ready for the big pull. Sure the rain didn't help much, but they were all nice and big and are now drying off.
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Growing shallots in pots

Healthy soil

People who dig their plots say that it is because the process aerates, provides drainage, allows weeds to be removed easily and produces a crumbly texture for seeds to grow in . More than this, it is said that digging the soil in late autumn allows the frosts to get in deep to the soil, killing harmful pests and infection agents.
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Healthy soil

Halloumi

A cheese from Cyprus that is really easy to make. This is one of the basic cheeses of the Lavant, and is most popular in Cyprus, where both Turkish and Greek communities make the cheese in the same way. It is a cooked cheese that does not melt, and therefore is excellent in cooking - particular burgers, but is also wonderful eaten cold.
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Halloumi

Fruit Bun Loaf

Fruit Bun Loaf is a delicious and easy loaf to make, all you need is a little butter and build yourself up!
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Fruit Bun Loaf

Diana’s Cheese and onion pie

This Cheese and onion pie is gorgeous! I could eat it all day long, and it's just as good cold.
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Diana’s Cheese and onion pie

Queso Blanco

Queso Blanco is a South American cheese similar to the Indian cheese Paneer. It is an excellent cooking cheese.
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Queso Blanco

Cotija – Mexican cheese

Cheese making is not a hard job. If you have got the right ingredients and recipe, you can prepare cheese at home quite easily. Here is how to prepare Cotija cheese at home, a really simple Mexican cheese.
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Cotija – Mexican cheese

Creamy Lancashire

Creamy Lancashire is the basic white cheese found all over the world, but particularly in the UK. Cheshire, Caerphilly and Wensleydale are all much the same basic cheese, and gorgeous they are too.
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Creamy Lancashire

Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is a basic cheese and is easy to make. There is some confusion with this being called Farmer’s Cheese in many places, and Smallholder’s cheese.
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Cottage cheese

How to make Feta

It is easy to make feta if you stick to the rules. I can just imagine Greek people reading this and getting all cross with me, and well they might. You see they would not call this Feta, it is white cheese - that’s what the Greeks call it if it is not actually made in Greece. Only Feta made in Greece can be called Feta.
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How to make Feta

Questions on keeping hens

Here are some of the questions we have had over the years about keeping hens in a garden. Personally I simply do not understand how people have become so detached from the animal world, causing them to think chicken keeping is somehow strange and difficult. But here are the commonest objections you get, and how we have dealt with them in the past.
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Questions on keeping hens

New on the site so far this week:

The Food Show:

This week we talk about Leeks with three recipes
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Recipe for the Day:

Monday – Tiffin, the best sweet in the world!
Tuesday – Fruit Cake, an easy recipe.
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In the kitchen
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Easy Corned Beef

This Corned Beef recipe is amazing and really does work. To understand corned food you need to go back to Old England.

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Quick Kedgeree

Quick Kedgeree is one of our favourite lunches, I know true kedgeree is traditionally a breakfast dish.

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Chocolate Delights

A delicious ganache type dessert, Quick Chocolate Delights are really easy to make.

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Bad tomatoes, perfect pickles

Tomatoes this year have been a complete washout and I am so cross about it. I just threw out three plants that have so few fruits on them it is little point keeping them going. At this time of the year (mid August) I always reduce the leaf area, to allow the remaining tomatoes to start to ripen without the extra humidity of the leaves.

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Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is a caramelised apple dessert which never fails to please, and it doesn’t matter if you make a mess of the turning over stage, it still tastes great!

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How healthy is processed meat?

How healthy is processed meat?

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Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs

Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs

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Leek and Gammon Bake

Brilliantly tasty meal for 4 that doesn’t cost the earth.

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Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs were often eaten as part of the breakfast; we tend to eat them cold with a picnic or salad meal.

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Easy meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy Meatballs in Tomato Sauce can be done with pork mince or a mixture of beef and pork

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Should be at least 75 C for 15 minutes

Pork Pie

This is the most lovely pork pie you can make. Really inexpensive and enjoyed by everyone.

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In the garden
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Blight potatoes

Blight gains a hold of crops in warm moist conditions – typically on a hot day following a shower of rain, and once established it’s very difficult to eradicate, partly because of the speed of infection. If you ignore blight for a day you may well lose your whole crop.

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Bird Pests

Some people love them but pigeons eat twice their own weight of food each day and there’s not a lot you can do about it.

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Bad tomatoes, perfect pickles

Tomatoes this year have been a complete washout and I am so cross about it. I just threw out three plants that have so few fruits on them it is little point keeping them going. At this time of the year (mid August) I always reduce the leaf area, to allow the remaining tomatoes to start to ripen without the extra humidity of the leaves.

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Black eyed beans soaked for an hour before boiling

Seed saving and all that stuff

Saving seeds is an excellent way of preserving favourite vegetables

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What to do in your garden in October

A season of mists and all that… October is a time to roll your sleeves up and do a bit of graft, bringing in your harvest and getting ready for next season.

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Poireau

What to do in your garden in September

The whole planet literally turns a corner in its journey around the sun and in the UK we really feel the effects. The tides go high, the rivers fill up and the daylight changes. September is a time for preparation.

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Today in the garden: August blues

Today in the garden is a blog on growing vegetables and gardening.

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Beetroot

Beetroot is an extremely easy to grow root crop, beetroot will do well in any soil or any situation. It prefers well draining, friable soil and good sun. It can be grown either directly in the ground or in pots. As the whole plant, from the root to the leaves, can be eaten, they are a good all-round crop.

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Aubergine

Grow aubergine

Gaining in popularity, aubergines no longer need to be soaked to stop them from being bitter. Here’s how to grow them.

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Growing mushrooms

Growing mushrooms for the kitchen is rather an exciting thing to do for the first time.

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Cheese making
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Halloumi

A cheese from Cyprus that is really easy to make. This is one of the basic cheeses of the Lavant, and is most popular in Cyprus, where both Turkish and Greek communities make the cheese in the same way.

It is a cooked cheese that does not melt, and therefore is excellent in cooking – particular burgers, but is also wonderful eaten cold.

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Queso Blanco

Queso Blanco is a South American cheese similar to the Indian cheese Paneer. It is an excellent cooking cheese.

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Cotija_Cheese

Cotija – Mexican cheese

Cheese making is not a hard job. If you have got the right ingredients and recipe, you can prepare cheese at home quite easily. Here is how to prepare Cotija cheese at home, a really simple Mexican cheese.

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Creamy Lancashire

Creamy Lancashire is the basic white cheese found all over the world, but particularly in the UK. Cheshire, Caerphilly and Wensleydale are all much the same basic cheese, and gorgeous they are too.

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Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is a basic cheese and is easy to make. There is some confusion with this being called Farmer’s Cheese in many places, and Smallholder’s cheese.

0 comments
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How to make Feta

It is easy to make feta if you stick to the rules. I can just imagine Greek people reading this and getting all cross with me, and well they might. You see they would not call this Feta, it is white cheese – that’s what the Greeks call it if it is not actually made in Greece. Only Feta made in Greece can be called Feta.

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Mozzarella

Mozzarella is not a difficult cheese to make, really. You might have a number of trial runs, when you get your technique just right, but to be honest, even your first attempt will be really good.

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Simple cheese making

Simple cheese making is easy! You don’t need a load of equipment and so long as you stick to the basic rule of cleanliness, you cannot go far wrong.

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Cheese moulds

We use cheese moulds to reduce the amount of whey there is in the cheese, and at the same time give the cheese a shape. Sometimes pressure is needed to make the cheese as dry as possible before the next stage, though you rarely actually make a hard cheese by pressing it. That is the job of the cooking process (when I say cooking I don’t mean in the conventional sense, but warming the curds a little) and the starter used.

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Colwick Cheese

Colwick cheese was invented in the 18th century, and is an example of a curd cheese. As it forms in the cheesecloth the cheese forms a dish and this is often filled with honey or other ingredients to make a delicious cheese.

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Sausage making
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Resources to start sausage making

Making your first sausages from scratch – easy and delicious!

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How hot dogs are made

The video might make you sick, but you can make hot dogs at home and they are lovely!

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Turkish Style Sausages

Turkish Style Sausages These are similar to a kebab and may be cooked on a skewer if you wish. 400g minced lamb 400g minced beef 80g bulger wheat, soaked in sufficient hot water to cover…

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Frankfurters

These are the archetypal hot dog sausages you find mostly in America, or in brine kept in jars. They are simple to make at home, and much tastier. You will notice that the majority of…

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Nurnberger Bratwurst

Nurnberger Bratwurst This is from the south of germany and is a mixture of beef and pork belly. This recipe came from the Wesch family, who came to the UK from Germany early in the…

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Sausages with Julia Child

Julia was an amazing woman, but for us at City Cottage she was completely everything about old fashioned cooking. American cooking in the 1960’s was very much like British cooking and their attempts at European…

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Liverwurst

A tasty sausage that is quite similar in flavour to a good pork pate. 1.5kg pork shoulder, chopped 1 kg pork liver, sliced 1 medium onion, chopped very finely 20 g curing salt ½ -1…

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The easiest way to make sausages

If you buy butchers award winning sausages, the chances are they were not made from scratch, using raw materials. The majority of butcher made sausages are made using bought seasoning mix in a big box….

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Some Polish Sausages

These are the sausages I will be making in the next few weeks, the pics are there to get your muth watering! I’ll put the results and the recipes up as I do them! Kielbasa…

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Raw_sausages

Pork and Sundried Tomato saugage

There is not much to say about these sausages except that they are completely GORGEOUS! Actually, the measurements don’t matter that much – just chop up a bottle of sundried tomatoes and use some of…

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Mortadella

Mortadella This is an Italian sausage which is in part at least, derived from the Lucanian sausage of Roman times. More than any other sausage, is sausage has created a whole raft of sausages, possibly…

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