Rural People & Issues
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Buns to fight for
There's nothing like the aroma of baking bread - especially if someone else is making it.
Granita - in a summer of indulgence
Food - I am so over it. This unusual state of affairs came about as a result of overindulgence during the festive season.
The challenge of the Christmas cake
I am proud. I have baked my Christmas cake. It is sitting in the larder, and when I remember, I give it a feed of brandy.
Criminally Good Spare Ribs
There's no question, food always tastes better when someone else cooks it for you.
Dealing to the enemy on the front lawn
Normally I’m quite fond of rabbits, and enjoy seeing them hopping about in that rabbit way of theirs.
Boston baked beans
I always know it's time to make a huge pot of Boston baked beans when the cat glues herself to the chair by the fire.
Cooking with cabbage
Vera Lynn got it all wrong. She sang that bluebirds would be flying over the white cliffs of Dover and in fact, there’s not a one to be found - bluebirds live in America.
Two in the morning is not my favourite time. But we’d just been woken by terrible sounds coming from the hen house and had to investigate.
Fast festive food
It gave me a glow of satisfaction to order my free-range, home-cured ham extra early this year.
Old faithfuls need taking out some time
My old hand-written cooking book is falling apart, and the ink fading.
Casually I had enquired what David – who was turning older in a few weeks - would like as a special birthday meal.
Chutney to knock the socks off
Sharon said this can be made with just about any fruit but I don’t believe her.
They are waiting for me outside. Every time I go into the garden I know they’re there, lurking.
Sometimes they eat you...
As the days start getting chill I think about all those blood-sucking insects who won’t be dining on me.
Minding the stove
Spring is a tricky time of year. There’s new life bursting out all over the place, lambs, calves, and weeds. And it’s too windy.
Winter Warm Up
It all starts innocently enough. A quick phone call from my former workmates at the local paper, asking a few innocent questions.
Facing the Feijoa glut fearlessly
It’s not often that one gets called a Mighty Goddess of the Kitchen but it’s just happened to me.
Plotting fowl murder or how to cook a rooster
It has begun. Early in the morning, the first hesitant oodle noise.
Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Pepinos
In this most unseasonable of springs, I’ve decided to introduce you to an interesting fruit I met in my teens.