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Green Tomato Spiced Cake | Deliciously Different

Fancy doing something a bit different with the glut of green tomatoes you have left? Give this tried and tested green tomato cake a go! If like me you are a fan of sticky spiced cakes you will love this. Given the seal of approval from my work colleagues, even converting those who don’t believe vegetables belong in a cake (although most class tomatoes as a salad or a fruit!) gave it rave reviews. It is after all, quite delicious.

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Make the Most of Your Strawberries! | Live Long and Juicy!

Anybody else planning to hit the PYO establishments this weekend and gather some beautiful strawberries?  The weather is looking lovely, and the strawberry season is in full flow!!  But don’t you find they sometimes go off more quickly than you can eat them. And doesn’t chopping the top off and throwing so much deliciousness away really bug you!

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Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts | How to Use Those Extra Yolks

So for every home-made lemon meringue pie that emerges from the kitchen, there’s a bowl of excess egg yolks. These, of course, have to be put to use in a manner befitting the gloriously golden hue of the home laid egg! As major custard lovers, our minds automatically turn to that glorious melange of egg, vanilla and cream and the yummy delights that can be created from that unbeatable combination.

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Let Loose the Juice | Three Ways to Save Your Wrinkly Satsumas from Extermination

I don’t know about you, but I often find buying satsumas, mandarins or clementines a bit of a lottery – sometimes they are delicious and juicy and the kids just romp through them. At other times they are disappointing, tough and destined to a future languishing in the fruit bowl unloved, ignored and ultimately deteriorating.

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Carrot and Coriander Soup | Our Veg Patch Salvage

So it’s coming to the end of the veg patch year for us around September. We are fair weather gardeners with only minimal space to play with, so at this point we have a good ‘root’ around quite literally, to see what we have missed in our daily harvest. Invariably this yields a collection of not quite big enough carrots, who definitely wouldn’t make the supermarket cut, but are perfect for a hearty and healthy soup! One of our favourites, as well as being the simplest to make, any manner of carrot will do! Here is our tried and tested recipe in all its glory!

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Recycling Your Christmas Tree!

If you are planning to un-deck your halls this weekend, as is the tradition, then please consider the options for disposing of your rapidly disintegrating Christmas trees! Here is our WNWN Guide to responsibly recycling your Christmas tree!

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A Home Made Christmas | Oh So Simple Sparkle Gin!

Now we LOVE making handmade Christmas gifts! And we are embarking on a number of different versions thereof this year! In our view nothing is quite as good as receiving a gift that has been given someone’s love and attention in its creation, and of course, it is usually a very cost effective way of addressing your gifting needs. In our case, we also try to use up things that might otherwise get wasted along the way!

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How to Dry Your Oranges Ready for Your Christmas Crafts

So a couple of weeks ago we posted a photo of our surprise ‘spur of the moment’ waste not project – our dried oranges! A friend of mine had mentioned the ‘lone grapefruit’ in her fruit bowl, which alerted me to the same in mine!  She had duly dried out her pink grapefruit in actual fact, ready for her Christmas wreath! I thought that was a brilliant idea, and she told me exactly how to do it! It really could not have been simpler! Very satisfying indeed!

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