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Category: Storecupboard Specials

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Sweetly spicy and aromatic, vanilla is probably the most used flavouring in the cottage kitchen. It’s a comforting base note in cookies and hot chocolates, pancakes and muffins and almost everything I bake has a teaspoon...

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Kitchen Projects: (Home)Baked Beans

When an unseasonably warm March – oh, those lovely days of summer clothes and sandals! – segues into a freezing April, it’s time for a robust but gently spiced pot of (Home)Baked Beans. That’s not to...

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Spiced (and Slightly Salted) Hot Chocolate

A freezing cold afternoon plus one trying-to-avoid-too-much-caffeine-mother and a grumpy-from-her-nap-toddler. The only solution? Two cups of warming Spiced Hot Chocolate. When I was in college, a mug of this – made with lots of...

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Moving time: Sausage and Bean Hotpot

Moving house is a time for simple, uncomplicated recipes that use up ingredients already in the fridge, freezer or storecupboard. Dishes that can be prepared in advance and let to bubble slowly in the oven or slow cooker are also a big plus.