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Seasonal recipes, tricks and tips, warm from the AGA and shared in Dorset Magazine or Sherborne Times.

RECIPE: Forced Garden Rhubarb

Those tender pink stems are so very tactile.  Is it the vibrant colour after a long grey winter and the promise of spring warmth ahead?  Or the contrast of tempting ruby stems against almost fluorescent leaves,  which have been starved of daylight and are eager to...

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RECIPE: Spiced venison with prunes and pecans.

January brings a much needed calm to the farmhouse.  The opportunity to slow down, recharge and prepare for the coming year.  Seed catalogues are strewn across the sofa as we try to realistically pare the order to a manageable number of packets.  A box of Seville...

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RECIPE: Cookery in the Country Living Kitchen

Thank you to Marie-Claire and Michelle, the Country Living Chefs, for making us so welcome at the Christmas Fair this week. Ideal to feed a crowd, these colourful ‘pass and share platters’ make a welcome start to a lazy morning during the holiday season.  Sage and...

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Redcurrant Jelly

You will need  900g (2lbs) redcurrants, washed well and leaves removed but stalks can remain Measure the water depending on the ripeness of the fruit. If the currants are under rip then allow 300ml (1/2 pint)  but if they are ripe simply add half this amount.  If you...

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COOKS TIP: Spring Greens

After much anticipation, Wild Garlic or Ransoms are in season. We first discovered tender green shoots peeping through the last snowfall a couple of weeks ago.  Now that the milder weather is here, this rampant  Allium can be found in deciduous woodland and beneath...

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RECIPE: Welsh cakes for St. David’s Day.

To make 12 cakes using a 7.5cm (3inch) cutter you will need: 175g (6oz) Self- raising flour 85g (3oz) Butter cut into cubes 50g (2oz) Light brown soft sugar 50g (2oz) Currants 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 medium free range egg & 1 tablespoon milk – beaten together METHOD...

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Farmhouse Christmas Cake

Just recently Lisa gave a private AGA class in a beautiful Dorset farmhouse close to Sturminster Newton.  As well as teaching the lovely Jules how to prepare partridge from her shoot, they spent a cosy afternoon preparing a rich fruit cake so that it could bake slowly...

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Dorset Apple Cake

There are so many versions of this recipe and everyone claims that their particular favourite is the original! This adaptation was shared by a neighbour who regularly won the village produce show each year.  You may like to add a teaspoon of mixed spice and a handful...

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Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week – Fully Booked

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week we are opening our 'pop up' tea room once more. Join us on Saturday 19th August for a Dorset cream tea served from 2pm until 5.30pm. We are sorry but this event is now FULLY BOOKED.  If you would like to arrange a private event please...

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RECIPE: Summer Fruit Tart

As long as we manage to keep the pigeons at bay there is an abundance of berries in our  garden at the moment.  Or if you prefer to cut out the hard work of growing your own visit your local farmers market for a selection of the best...

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RECIPE: Damson Cheese

Our latest feature in Sherborne Times can be found on pages pages 68-69 of the August issue. Blessed with such a glorious summer this year, harvest has come early.  The drivers of the tractors and combine are all working hard in the fields surrounding the village. ...

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RECIPE: Warm from the AGA – Meringue Kisses

You will need 2 free range egg whites to measure 70ml (2 floz) 100g (4oz) caster sugar - sifted Flavouring - rose water, vanilla extract,   Method Measure whites and whisk until they reach stiff peaks.  This means that the bowl could be turned upside down and whites...

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