Almond Paste vs Marzipan

Making Marzipan from Scratch Marzipan is an almond-based confection used as a filling for candy centers, but it can also be used to cover cakes and form edible decorative desserts. Marzipan’s base is made up of almond paste, so it has a richer and nuttier flavor than normal fondant. Its soft, clay-like texture can be […]


More Halloween Treats…Intestines

These are easily made with packet puff pastry. Roll into 3″ strips and sprinkle with a little cheese, roll up with the cheese inside keeping the rolls as long as possible. Pack into a dish and cook in the oven avoiding too much colouring. Using food colouring or tomato ketchup add a suitable amount of […]


Barm Brack or Rich Tea Brack

Barm Brack or Tea Brack is a sort of cross between cake and bread. Some recipes use yeast as a raising agent, this version is closer to the original, using bread soda instead. It is very moist and delicious and although in theory it will stay fresh for several days it never lasts that long! […]


Even More Halloween Treats… Eyeballs!!

[ux_image_box image_height=”100%” image_width=”67″] A title Image Box text [/ux_image_box] Halloween Treats These are a winner with children mostly because adults can’t abide them. Egg cups make a good mold but you need to keep them not too big and prepare in advance so that they can be chilled.The white of the eye is easily made […]


Happiness Cake

A recipe for Life 1 cup of good thoughts,   1 cup of kind deeds,   1 cup of consideration for others,   2 cups of sacrifice,   2 cups of well beaten faults, 3 cups of forgiveness. Mix thoroughly. Add  tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy. Flavour with love and kindly service. Fold in 4 cups of prayer and […]


Peanut Brittle

The simplest ever Peanut Brittle recipe. • Butter for greasing pan • 2 cups sugar 2 cups roasted peanuts, (blanched almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecan) salted or unsalted. • Salt, if using unsalted peanuts (optional) PREPARATION 1. Use a bit of butter to grease a baking sheet, preferably one with a low rim. Combine sugar and […]


Elderflower Cordial

At the end of May through to the middle of June the elder bushes and trees come into flower with wonderfully fragrant cream coloured florets. A gentle walk down a quiet lane with a large paper carrier bag ( plastic will make them sweat) will yield the basis of your cordial. Always pick when they […]


Spicy Root & Lentil Casserole

I found this recipe in the BBC Good Food magazine and although I am not a vegetarian it is a cracking meal full of flavour, easy to prepare and very satisfying… a real treat. 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 700g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 4 […]