All Hallow Recipes

Seasonal recipes, tricks and tips, warm from the AGA, created by Lisa Osman

RECIPE: Elderflower Fritters

If you would like to make these fritters, gather the elderflowers as soon as you can.  They are a delicately scented treat with an aroma of late spring, but the flowers are definitely at their best NOW, whilst the blossom is just coming into flower. Once...

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RECIPE: Garden Picnic

We never forget how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy time in the garden, whether it is a quick sandwich at lunch time or a leisurely pot of tea and homemade biscuit as a cooking class draws to a close on a summer's day. Whether you are happy with a...

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STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Oat slice

Whilst not perfectly formed, the balance of sweet cream butter, soft brown sugar bound together with rolled oats, is so very comforting. This recipe will take you less than five minutes to make, and a quarter of an hour for baking. So grab a mixing bowl...

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STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Spelt soda bread

It was my very first visit to Dublin that I tasted soda bread.  Thick with Irish butter and a generous spoonful of marmalade.  I will never forget that perfect combination of soft wheaten bread with creamy butter and the perfect balance of sweet and sharp...

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RECIPE: Savoury Welsh Cakes

Whether guests have joined us for a personalised AGA cookery class or simply 'escaped to the pantry' for some time out in the Dorset countryside, they all seem to fall in love with the flexibility that the AGA simmering plate offers.  Even if you prefer a...

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RECIPE: Seville Orange Marmalade

The uplifting aroma created by squeezing, juicing and shredding sour oranges to create bitter marmalade is a rewarding seasonal ritual.  Seville oranges are ready to pick from mid December, although they can normally be found in the shops from the first week of...

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RECIPE: Brown Banana Pancakes

We were so fortunate that we enjoyed a glorious October afternoon for our allotment club gathering on Wednesday.  The children were very excited to try their home grown baked beans as well as share their produce with the other allotment holders and...

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RECIPE: Eat Your Greens

Whatever the weather, our friend and neighbour Emma Chambers, makes a delivery of her vegetables with a cheery smile.  She grows most of her produce within the walls of the Shaftesbury Estate, Wimborne St Giles and at the beginning of the week we receive...

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RECIPE: Cacao, Spelt & Pear Cake

After spending some time working in York recently, I also took the time to discover the city's intriguing chocolate history.  Now that I  have returned to Dorset, hardly a day goes by when I am not tasting fine chocolate or experimenting with sweet and...

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RECIPE: Damson ‘cheese’.

I will never forget a particular late summer day I visited All Hallows. This was at a time when my friend Helen lived in the farmhouse.  She has been gathering damsons from the tree in the walled garden and had been working in the kitchen for several hours...

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RECIPE: Brioche Buns

To make sixteen individual brioche buns, you will need: 50 ml (2 fl oz) lukewarm water 15g (1/2 oz) of fresh yeast or 1 tablespoon dried yeast 50 ml 2 (fl oz) milk at room temperature 150 g (6 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 50 g (2 oz) caster...

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RECIPE: Easter Buns

My friend Jo popped over to see us yesterday.  She is married to a miller who is the fifth generation to work their watermill near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It's the busiest week of the year for flour millers and bakers, but her husband (who also trained as a...

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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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