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Grow mushrooms

By H. Krisp

By H. Krisp

I have a raised bed in the wrong place. I never should have built it near the hedge, next to the chicken hutch. It is shady and out of the way. I also bed my hens on straw. So far I have been composting the littler, which is obviously full of poo and very nutritious.
It should be obvious, a place that is warm, moist and sheltered, with lots of straw. We are growing King Stropharia, wine caps, because they are the easiest to grow on straw.
It’s easy to set up and why not get a crop from your compost making?

 

The City Cottage Show


Our new show, The City Cottage Show is a 30 minute mix of recipes and gardening.We really value your feedback, requests for information, questions and comments. Please do get in touch.

Cooking

Harissa chicken and couscous salad
Harissa chicken and couscous salad
The experiment to replicate M&S lunch salads is under way with a Harissa chicken, couscous and lemon yoghurt salad. In todays Telegraph there is an article that says people are ditching sandwiches for shop bought salads on the go. This started out as an experiment and will probably become a regular!
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Cheese Notes
Cheese Notes
These are the notes we used at The WI College in Denman whenever we did a cheese making course. They were always...
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Red onion chutney
Red onion chutney
Red onions are the tastiest – you can use white or a combination, too. Related Post Pissaladiere Omelet with the Frugal Gourmet...
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Christmas drinks
Christmas drinks
Hodgkin This is both a drink and a desert. Its name comes from the 15th century word ‘hodge-podge’, which means mixture. The...
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Cinnamon Brioche
Cinnamon Brioche
Related Post Ricotta and Strawberry Cake Easy Christmas Pudding Spicy fruit tea loaf Harissa chicken and couscous salad
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Harissa sauce
Harissa sauce
For the easy, mild harissa sauce: 500 g red peppers, skinned and seeded 1 hot chilly of your choice, seeded 3 –...
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Sausages at home

This week we look at making a galantine. Is it a sausage or not? You decide. Also we take a look at making chorizo.

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Pork and Sundried Tomato saugage
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...
Spanish sausage – Chorizo
Spanish sausage – Chorizo
Spanish sausage – Chorizo This is one of the archetypal sausage recipes that people always want to make. It is has become...
Nurnberger Bratwurst
Nurnberger Bratwurst
Nurnberger Bratwurst This is from the south of germany and is a mixture of beef and pork belly. This recipe came from...
Turkish Style Sausages
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...
Mortadella
Mortadella
Mortadella This is an Italian sausage which is in part at least, derived from the Lucanian sausage of Roman times. More than...
Frankfurters
Frankfurters
These are the archetypal hot dog sausages you find mostly in America, or in brine kept in jars. They are simple to...
How hot dogs are made
How hot dogs are made
The video might make you sick, but you can make hot dogs at home and they are lovely!
Some Polish Sausages
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!...
The easiest way to make sausages
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...
Liverwurst
Liverwurst
A tasty sausage that is quite similar in flavour to a good pork pate. 1.5kg pork shoulder, chopped 1 kg pork liver,...

Gardening

Prune top fruit
Prune top fruit
November is an excellent time for planting bare root top fruit trees, such as apples and pears, it is also the time...
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Seed sowing
Seed sowing
One gets the same questions every year: “Why aren’t my plants popping up?” “Why don’t I get good germination?” And one of...
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Endive
Endive
There is something about the French, they love strong flavours, and they have the knack of being able to use them is...
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Capsicums
Capsicums
You can buy capsicums, if you like, but they are much tastier when you grow them yourself, and I am not just...
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Mildew
Mildew
Mildew is a fungal disease which occurs in damp conditions, sometimes decimating a crop almost overnight, and is one of those things...
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Courgettes
Courgettes
Courgettes are among the easiest plants to grow. You can start them in pots now, and transplant them once the frosts are...
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Broad beans
Broad beans
Broad beans are brilliant to grow, easy and largely trouble free. The only problem you tend to get is blackfly, usually in...
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Leeks
Leeks
Leeks have to be the simplest plants to grow, and they are so forgiving. Normally they are to be sown in the...
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Sowing in SPRING
Sowing in SPRING
One gets the same questions every year: “Why aren’t my plants popping up?” “Why don’t I get good germination?” And one of...
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Seed Sowing
Seed Sowing
One gets the same questions every year: “Why aren’t my plants popping up?” “Why don’t I get good germination?” And one of...
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Cheese making at home


Our cheese podcast is specifically for people wanting to make cheese from small quantities of milk at home.

Cheese Notes
Cheese Notes
These are the notes we used at The WI College in Denman whenever we did a cheese making course. They were always...
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Mascarpone
Mascarpone
This is a really easy recipe, and you won’t go back. Ingredients 600 ml double cream Juice of 1 – 2 lemons...
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Cottage Cheese
Cottage Cheese
This is just like our basic cheese and is easy to make. It is also known as Farmer’s cheese and Smallholder’s cheese....
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Paneer
Paneer
This is a simple cheese, used the world over. You don’t need huge amounts of milk and you don’t need much in...
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Making cheese
Making cheese
How to make basic ricotta The fundamental basis for this recipe is heating milk and acidifying it. It is based on 4.5...
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