Category: Food & Drink

The Oil Can Cafe of Hepworth

Nestled on the edge of the Peak District in a little village called Hepworth is the Carding Shed/Oil can café. Even though it’s local to me I only started visiting around 12 months ago and now it’s become a regular stop off point or meeting place for me and my friends. Driving up the long drive into what looks like an industrial estate you park up outside and are faced with a very uninspiring looking warehouse. I think my friend was a little nervous when I took her there for the first time last Friday. You enter through a...

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Canti Prosecco 2016 – A Party Starter

Prosecco? Ooh go on then, don’t mind if I do! Having been more of a champagne fan in the past I find myself purchasing more Prosecco these days. It seems to be that bit more palatable for some who are not wine fans so we can meet in the middle and obviously, the cost is cheaper. A little bit of Prosecco history…… Prosecco is a sparkling wine (although not all Proseccos are sparkling, some are flat). It is made in the Veneto region of Italy. It tends to be sweeter than champagne. Prosecco is named after a village, a...

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Choccywoccydoodah – Amongst The Fabulously Flamboyant Masterpieces

On a recent trip to London I was passing through Soho and had that sudden urge for chocolate. Now then there is everyday chocolate shopping…. and then there is Choccywoccydoodah chocolate! When in London it would have been rude not to The beginnings of this chocolate treasure trove came about in Brighton, where the first shop is. Famously the two Christines, Taylor and Garratt acquired a shop there. Not knowing what to do with it they drank (perhaps lots) of gin. Chocolate cakes was the idea coming from that bottle of gin and more tellingly so was the name, Choccywoccydoodah! Since...

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Fruity Heart Cake

A light vanilla Madeira sponge cake- filled with vanilla buttercream and strawberries – the way to any partner’s heart – perfect for a Valentines Day treat Equipment: 1 x 6″ heart cake tin or round cake tin Ingredients: 6oz Self Raising Flour 2oz Plain Flour 6oz Caster Sugar 6oz Margarine 3 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Essence For the Filling: 125g Butter 250g Icing Sugar 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence Small punnet of strawberries Small punnet of Blueberries Method: Line your cake tin Mix together your butter and caster sugar Add a little egg and a little flour and stir in...

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Decadent Coconut and Lime Cake

A light and moist coconut cake filled with plain buttercream and lime curd.It’s very moreish, great for a pudding and one of the most popular choices of my brides for wedding cakes. Equipment: 2 x 7″ round sandwich tins- greased and lined Ingredients: 10oz Self Raising Flour 10oz Caster Sugar 10oz Margarine 5 Medium sized eggs- whisked Zest and juice of 1 lime 5 oz Desiccated Coconut For the topping and filling: 250g Butter 500g Icing Sugar Lime Curd 10oz Desiccated Coconut Method: Mix together the margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy Gradually add your whisked eggs...

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Pasta Verde (Recipe)

Do you have a pasta maker at home? Why not set it up on your bench and make something different you won’t see at many supermarkets? This exciting pasta verde – or green pasta – is made by adding cooked greens to the mixture, and adds colour, texture and moisture to the dough. It is fun making pasta at home, and the use of free range, or farm fresh organic hen eggs and homegrown silver beet or spinach takes the goodness factor up a notch. INGREDIENTS Serves 3-4 240g ’00’ flour 2 large free range eggs 1/4 cup cooked,...

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