Merry Christmas …..

more ice berries

This has certainly been the year of photos, walking and cooking and its all about to pay off for Xmas, the

Sloe Gin

Sloe GinSloes

Hawthorn Schnapps

Hawthorn SchnappsHawthorn Berries

Found recipes online its basically berries and vodka…apparently Hawthorn schnapps is a very delicious schnapps. Soft, round and aromatic…. ….got 6 weeks to wait

Coarse Pate

Coarse PateCoarse Pate

From Nigel Slaters recipe in the Observer Magazine found on the train this week .,,1970412,00.html

I have never made pate before but if this tastes as good as it looks will make it a regular thing . One has been delivered to my Mums . My tip for getting the pate out the dish would be to place in a low dish of warm water it then slides right out

Spiced Ham with Chilli and Cloves

Roasted HamRoasted Ham served with minty mashed peas

Get the big Le Cruset pot stick in ham which has had cloves stuck in the surface …..our over half a carton of apple juice , crushed corainder seeds a handful of brown suger /or honey , six dried red chillis few cloves of garlic …. Bring to the boil simmer for 20 mins . Turn of heat and leave for 1 hour . slive and serve

Rowanberry Relish

Rowan jelly is more traditional but fancied something a bit spicier rowan berries gathered from city centre roundabout recipe here

Rowanberry Relish
Hawthorn and Crab Apple Cheese

Crab Apple and Hawthorn Cheese

Chop Crab Apples , place in pan of water with approx half the same amount of hawthorn berries . Cover with boiling water and bring back to the boil simmer until the apple has mushed. Sieve into a a clean pan and bring back to the boil add a dash of cinamon , crushed cloves and a dash of nutmeg.

Add an equal volume granulated sugar to the volume of puree. Boil until it begun to thicken and set . Place in preserving jars …… Good with cheese pork game …..but also good with ice cream ….

Great with leftover turkey or some of the liberated stilton lurking in the freezer….. a fantastic spicey way of using it up will be in my Leftover Laksa.

Leftover Laksa

Leftover Laksa

Pour boiling water of dried egg noodles and leave in bowl . Make a paste from Red Chilli , Fresh Ginger , Coriander leaves and roots, Garlic, oil in the food processor. Fry the paste with leftover chicken . Inhale deeply . Add a glug of coconut milk , pour in the noodles including the water , chopped mushrooms & a dash of fish sauce . Simmer gently for two minutes. Add chopped coriander , mint and a squirt of lime.

and if you are still stuck for a present or stocking filler maybe make your own Tetrapak wallet

For recipes click on any of the photos or visit Junctified @Flickr


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