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The ultimate hot toddy

The ultimate hot toddy

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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I swear by this hot toddy each winter

Feeling a bit cold? Runny nose? Get your schnauzer into this!

Ingredients

  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (add as much or as little to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of either rum, whiskey or brandy (again as much or as little to taste)
  • Boiled hot water

Directions

  1. Boil a kettle and whilst that’s boiling, juice a lemon and an orange.
  2. Add the juices, whiskey and honey into a large mug that will hold at least a pint of liquid.
  3. Top up with boiling water and stir until the honey has melted and is dissolved.

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The Autumn Soup

The Autumn Soup

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A lovely use of the last of the summer produce

This soup is hearty, healthy and generally just very lovely.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium courgettes (or one large one)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1.5 chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Top and tail, and deseed the courgettes and chop into thumb sized pieces.
  2. Dice the onion, top and tail the carrots and peel the potatoes.
  3. Chop the potatoes and carrots into thumb sized pieces, much like the courgettes.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan, and fry off the vegetables until they’re soft, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add vegetable the stock and bring to the boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes and carrot are soft.
  6. Use a hand blender or a masher to lightly chop and thicken the soup.

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VIDEO: Tasting Elderflower Gin

Elderflower Gin

  • Servings: 0.75ml
  • Difficulty: easy
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A gin and tonic with a twist

Summer is just around the corner and this is the quintessential gin and tonic flavour you can put together for those sunny afternoons.

Ingredients

  • 0.75ml London dry gin
  • 2-3 peels of lemon or lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 7-9 elderflower blooms

Directions

  1. Pick seven to nine elderflower blooms and snip off the stems of the buds.
  2. Place them in a bottle or sealable container with the sugar, and gin to steep over night – keep the bottle for re-use.
  3. Use a funnel and two sheets of kitchen roll to filter the mixture back into the bottle of gin.
  4. Serve with tonic, as you would an ordinary G&T – as you like it 🙂

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Mini rhubarb pies

Mini rhubarb pies

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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delicious homemade mini rhubarb pies to help take the edge of

It wouldn’t be spring without a recipe involving some home grown rhubarb.

This recipes involves making Rhubarb Quick Jam for the filling.

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Minted potato salad

Minted potato salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy potato salad recipe with only 4 ingredients

BBQ season is well and truly underway and this is the last potato salad recipe you’ll ever need…Probably…

This is a great way to use up tiny, marble like potatoes that you often find when you dig up potatoes – otherwise known as Fingerlings.

This really is one of those recipes that you adjust to suit your own tastes, so if you require more mint, simple add some more to the sauce, and likewise with the salad creme and mayonnaise.

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Platzki – Grated potato pancakes

I discovered this dish in Poland and they are comfort food personified.

Platzki - Grated potato pancakes

  • Servings: 8 - 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Grated and fried potato pancakes

Hash brown, rosti, platzki, call these what you will. This is one of those dishes that appear across the world in one shape or another.

They’re so easy to make and they are a real treat.