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Easy Strawberry Jam

Making jam is not all the mystery we seem to think it is. And it is great fun, making your own jam.
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Baked Beans

The majority of baked bean recipes are made from haricot beans, and you can grow or buy enough of them to last ages. The basic idea is to create a tomato sauce in which you bake the beans. This recipe calls for a kilo of haricots.
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Hot Doggies

These hot dog alternatives are great for picnics and children's lunches. You can vary them by adding any kind of sausage you like.
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BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is a simple recipe which you can alter and experiment with as you go along. It is mostly used either as a dip or a marinade.
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Piccalilli

Quite why this is a North of England favourite I do not know. It is traditional to eat bacon and eggs with piccalilli, and much more besides. There are lots of variations, but real piccalilli has lots of cauliflower in it.
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Tartare sauce

Tartare sauce is the very thing for fish and is brilliant made fresh. The name goes back to Genghis Kahn who was the leader of the Tartar hordes. Though I am not sure they had a sauce quite like this.
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Ploughman’s Pickle

This recipe for Ploughman’s pickle is pretty close to the one we all love. It is fairly easy to prepare and really does have that tang.
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Nutella alternative

Nutella was invented in the 1940’s as a hazelnut spread. This is a simple recipe.
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Peanut butter

Peanut butter is easy to make. All you are doing is whizzing the peanuts in a food processor with a tablespoon of oil
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Sweet chilli jam with tomatoes

This is an archetypal chilli jam, not too hot, but can be as hot as you like.
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Irish Sausage

The fundamental basis for this Irish Sausage is a pork sausage with sage and allspice.
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Carpet in flooded houses

The best thing to do with wet carpet from a flood is to simply throw it out.
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Make your own bacon and ham

This book describes the various ways you can cure and preserve meats at home that are really tasty and safe to eat.
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Chelsea Buns

Lovely glazed fruit loaf that is cut into small pieces.
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Ginger beer

Ginger beer is a refreshing drink that is so easy to make.
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Summer Fruit Punch

A lovely summer's eve drink - you can add alcohol if you wish!
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Barley Water

Barley Water was traditionally made as a soothing drink for invalids in the Middle Ages.You can use any fruit juice as a base for barley water, lemons, oranges, melons, strawberries.
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Why you shouldn’t make your own insecticide and herbicide

Not only is it illegal, it can be quite dangerous to make your own chemicals for the garden. Stay completely organic!
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Cheese and onion pie

Never be without a meal, this Cheese and onion pie cost around £1.75 to make and will feed 4
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Cooking pulses

Until potatoes took over, pulses were our staple food, and still completely wonderful, says Diana
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Mild kebab sauce

This mild kebab sauce is just like the stuff you get from the kebab shop and is perfect with shawarma kebabs and other meats too.
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Pickled Chillies

These pickled chillies are wonderful, made from sweet cayenne chillies, all of the flavour, none of the heat.
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Slow roasted lemon stuffed belly pork

Slow roasted lemon stuffed belly pork is really gorgeous! A meal you won't forget. Belly is not as cheap as it should be because people don't buy it so often, but this recipe might just change your mind.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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City Cottage Economics

What would it be like if we ran our cities like we’d run a cottage?
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Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs

Garlic and herb roasted chicken thighs
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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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Leek and Gammon Bake

Brilliantly tasty meal for 4 that doesn't cost the earth.
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In the kitchen
By PatríciaR (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Easy Strawberry Jam

Making jam is not all the mystery we seem to think it is. And it is great fun, making your own jam.

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By Victorgrigas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Baked Beans

The majority of baked bean recipes are made from haricot beans, and you can grow or buy enough of them to last ages. The basic idea is to create a tomato sauce in which you bake the beans. This recipe calls for a kilo of haricots.

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Hot Doggies

These hot dog alternatives are great for picnics and children’s lunches. You can vary them by adding any kind of sausage you like.

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By LearningLark from United States (Cheese and Pickle Sandwich Step 2) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ploughman’s Pickle

This recipe for Ploughman’s pickle is pretty close to the one we all love. It is fairly easy to prepare and really does have that tang.

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By Tom Head [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Irish Sausage

The fundamental basis for this Irish Sausage is a pork sausage with sage and allspice.

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Chelsea Buns

Lovely glazed fruit loaf that is cut into small pieces.

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Cheese and onion pie

Never be without a meal, this Cheese and onion pie cost around £1.75 to make and will feed 4

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grains and cereals in different piles

Cooking pulses

Until potatoes took over, pulses were our staple food, and still completely wonderful, says Diana

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Mild kebab sauce

This mild kebab sauce is just like the stuff you get from the kebab shop and is perfect with shawarma kebabs and other meats too.

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Pickled Chillies

These pickled chillies are wonderful, made from sweet cayenne chillies, all of the flavour, none of the heat.

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Slow roasted lemon stuffed belly pork

Slow roasted lemon stuffed belly pork is really gorgeous! A meal you won’t forget.
Belly is not as cheap as it should be because people don’t buy it so often, but this recipe might just change your mind.

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In the garden
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Why you shouldn’t make your own insecticide and herbicide

Not only is it illegal, it can be quite dangerous to make your own chemicals for the garden. Stay completely organic!

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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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bc12

Today in the garden: August blues

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

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Image by By darwin Bell from San Francisco, USA (beet it  Uploaded by SunOfErat) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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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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.

Halloumi 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 – 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.

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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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Hot Doggies

These hot dog alternatives are great for picnics and children’s lunches. You can vary them by adding any kind of sausage you like.

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By Tom Head [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Irish Sausage

The fundamental basis for this Irish Sausage is a pork sausage with sage and allspice.

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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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