Country Cooking

Hare today – gone in a flash

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By

We were up to our oxters in left-over slow-cooked hare, and wondering what to do with it all. It had been cooked the day before in red wine with black olives and streaky bacon and oregano and even more yummy things, and had with it about half a pint of sauce. A pie, we decided,

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Jugged hare delights

Feb 20th, 2012 | By

The story goes it was an 18th century food writer, Hannah Glasse, who began a recipe with the words “First, catch your hare.” Possibly because they can reach speeds of 72 km/h, possibly because they just don’t seem to be as common as rabbit or pre-packed pork chops. In the spirit of being helpful, however,

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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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