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City Cottage is about growing and making excellent food at home, with whatever land you have and wherever you are based. We believe you can get the very best unadulterated food for the price of the cheapest packaged and preserved foods on supermarket shelves.
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The keyword is flavour: the best meal you ever had is cooked at home!

Cooking

Bakewell Tart
Bakewell Tart
For the pastry: 180g plain flour, I use half wholemeal and half white Pinch salt 90g butter or lard, keep in the...
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Onions in vinegar
Onions in vinegar
This is an English condiment, superb with meat and vegetables, pies and cheese. You can have it with anything really. It isn’t...
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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 Frankfurters Onions in vinegar Cooking Rice...
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Baked Custards
Baked Custards
The classic English treat, made with milk or cream. Related Post Seafood Pasta Cheese scones Salmon, Feta and Spinach Quiche Tomato ketchup...
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Seafood Pasta
Seafood Pasta
Prawns and mussels – fantastic dish, actually my favourite! Related Post Traditional Fish Pie Baked Custards Omelet with the Frugal Gourmet Salmon,...
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Sausages at home

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!
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...
Frankfurters
Frankfurters
These are the archetypal hot dog sausages you find mostly in America, or in brine kept in jars. They are simple to...
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...
Sausages with Julia Child
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...
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,...
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...
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!...
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...
Mortadella
Mortadella
Mortadella This is an Italian sausage which is in part at least, derived from the Lucanian sausage of Roman times. More than...
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...

Gardening

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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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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Get an allotment?
Get an allotment?
During the Second World War there were five million of them, so many falling into disrepair and neglect once people decided they...
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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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Egg box seed tray
Egg box seed tray
We have started sowing seeds in old egg cartons, when we have enough of them. Usually egg cartons are really important to...
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Dandelion
Dandelion
Dandelion The dandelion, or dente de lion, was once grown in the UK like a salad vegetable in gardens, but this use...
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Peas
Peas
Peas You can grow peas in so many ways, in containers, drainpipes, anywhere. Many people don’t know that the humble pea comes...
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Green manures
Green manures
Green manures ‘Green manures’ are plants grown especially to boost your soil by replacing nutrients, improving the structure and enhancing water and...
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Potatoes
Potatoes
We all know the story about the potato: how it was brought from South America in Elizabethan times; how it is a...
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Cheese making at home

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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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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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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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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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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