It was another busy (…and messy!) morning in the kitchen at Bay Tree Cottage with tutor Iain Hodgekinson showing us how to recycle old paper to make gorgeous new handmade paper! Starting with a bowl of paper pulp, Iain, a local Printmaker and Artist, showed us how with a little imagination you can add [...]
This weeks Workshops Participants have been guinea pigs for my latest challenge of creating a cake using seasonal ingredients… what kind of cake could I create using some of the produce from my vegetable garden? At the moment we have leeks, curly kale, brussel sprouts, and parsnips, so the challenge was on to create a cake using one [...]
I love it when you can create something yummy in the kitchen using ingredients straight from the garden …and this soup was the perfect recipe for using up the last few apples from the apple store, and carrots and parsnips dug straight from the garden! We do still have lots of parsnips left but came across the [...]
If you are looking for a treat to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year, these cupcakes are a certain winner! The Guiness provides the flavour of Ireland and the beetroot gives the whole cake a wonderful richness! And it is quite a fun and easy way of making a cake – zapping the beetroot, eggs, [...]
If you don’t want to make a large Simnel Cake this Easter, these sweet little cupcakes are just the answer! And they would make Easter gifts too! Ingredients about 450g/1lb marzipan 275g/9¾oz caster sugar 150ml/5fl oz sunflower oil 50g/1¾oz honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 75g/2½oz full-fat [...]
These are some of the gorgeous cupcakes that we made at our Spring Cupcake Workshop last week. With Spring just round the corner, I wanted to make something that had a nice fresh taste with a bit of a zing! And this certainly did the trick and went down a storm! We decorated them with [...]
If you’re looking for a slice with spice, try this deliciously moist ginger cake! I think that they are the perfect cake to bake during the winter months and can either be enjoyed on their own but are also fantastic with a bit of custard too, so double up [...]
These yummy biscuits are a top favorite in our house and are great fun to make with the boys … if they don’t eat all the mixture before it gets into the oven! Another great homemade treat ideal for picnics and lunchboxes … or for any other time of the day when you fancy a treat!
This was probably a very unseasonal desert to make in the beginning of February, with snow outside, but I am on a mission to use up all the fruit that is left in my freezer and discovered some raspberries! These married up perfectly with the lone lemon in the fruit bowl to make this delightful [...]
Full of chocolate and dried fruit, this cake is simple to make and full of energy …perfect for picnics, lunch boxes and a snack-on-the-run when you need a little boost!