Country Cooking

Cracker carrot cake

Jan 14th, 2012 | By

A carrot cake, smothered in cream-cheese icing is always demanded of Horsham Down’s Terene Parker when she gets together with friends. The recipe, says Terene, comes from her dear nana.  And here she shares nana’s special recipe.  A dab hand with a camera, Terene took the photographs to go with it, as well. We were

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Zombies for dinner

Dec 9th, 2011 | By

Your average, modern zombie is a difficult creature to socialise with, we discovered recently. We’d invited a bunch of them to Gordonton for a shared, pot-luck dinner because ‘tis the season and all that. The plan was for them to admire each other’s getup, chase each other a bit, enjoy some fine food and settle

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Fruit cake felony

Nov 5th, 2011 | By

I committed a crime for this cake.  I was young and foolish, and the young man I was walking out with had just been visited by his mother.  In his student flat I knew there had to be one of her fruit cakes. My brother and I were beside ourselves, we hadn’t had fruit cake

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Choccywoccydoodahness sauce

Oct 13th, 2011 | By

It’s almost sinful how good Shona’s choccy sauce is.  She made it one night many years ago in our old farmhouse and it’s become a Taylor/Riddell treat ever since. Velvety, rich and talk about choccywoccydoodahness – it’s sublime.  And so simple to make. I went out and bought some fancy glass dessert dishes and now

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Chicken and kea for tea

Sep 10th, 2011 | By

Chicken simmered in coconut cream with coriander, a treat to make away from home.



Sauce brings taste of summer

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

The Italian chef has struck again.  At 4.30pm precisely Mariano knocked on our door, laden with ricotta and parmesan cheese and the very best of Giacomo Antonio Puccini on CD.