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When it rains, cook.  Or in my case dehydrate.  As well as the Jerky, I also made chicken Kievs.  I got the dehydrator for my recent birthday and it’s the 2nd set of jerky I’ve made.


I used

1 bottle of Worcestershire sauce

1 bottle of reduced salt soy sauce

1 tablespoon of local honey

2 teaspoons of fresh ground black pepper

2 teaspoons of crushed dry chillies

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of garlic powder (don’t use fresh)

1 teaspoon of onion powder/granules

Steak – rump works well.

Remove fat from steak, I cut up the grain.

Marinaded in a bag for about 3 hours in the fridge, shaking up once an hour.

Shake to remove excess marinade (I suspend over the sink and let it drip)

Leave until dehydrated (about 12-16hrs @ 65-70’C)

I got a similar recipe off the internet and customised.  I can’t get liquid smoke, so it’s liquid smoke free (the smoked paprika does the same sort of job)


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One of the things I used to really enjoy was baking bread and I rarely get round to it anymore. So I found a supplier of sourdough starters (this is a 15 year old one) and got it going at home

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Just a point to say salad is definitely in season!

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Remember that sweet chili sauce?



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Bread in the pizza oven

Admittedly I accidentally made the dough according to the wrong instructions – it was supposed to be pizza dough.

The pizza was as excellent as it usually is and I took the chance to try my laser thermometer from Maplins. Unfortunately it turns out it only goes to 370’C. My oven is substantially hotter!

Anyway, it was taking twice as long to cook a pizza, which generally means I’ve finished. But this time we tried throwing in the accidentally made dough.


In 25 minutes we had a lovely loaf!




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When mother nature gives you blight, make chutney


Lots of lovely toms with their potential ruined by blight. I managed a couple of dozen tomatoes before blight cruelly took over. Nevermind… Make chutney! Using Jayefuu’s grans recipe they are being converted.


It’s also my first ever chutney made by me!

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Herman the German Friendship Cake


After 10 days of bubbling, Herman has been cut drawn and quartered into small slices.

Very tasty he was too!

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London Road (4.8%) Homebrew


Only about two weeks later and I pulled my first pint from the barrel.

Generally at this stage I find the beer virtually undrinkable, so was pleasantly surprised to find it was pretty damn amazing. So far I’ve drunk about four pints over the course of the week and undeniably it’s a good brew.

I look forward to moving into freshly hopped brews going forward, even if it’s a little more expensive (about 64p a pint)

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Party Keg

The beer has been ready for a couple of weeks now, but today it’s been moved into my bar ready for the weekend.  I’ve done this early as it allows the beer to settle out again after being moved… Roll on the weekend!

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Black Morels with Pasta

I’ve created an instructable on here which is my Black Morel and Pasta Recipe.

You need:

Black Morels (I had the three pictured)
1 tbsp Butter
Small Onion
1 Clove garlic
1/2 Cup of cheese (I used strong cheddar)
1tbsp double cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put the pasta on to cook.  Chop the onion and garlic finely (or use a crusher) and slice the morels.  Put into a frying pan with the butter and cook until the onions are transparent and the morels have started to shrink and are gently browning.

Add the drained cooked pasta to the pan, add the cheese and cream.  Turn down and wait until melted.  Add salt/pepper to taste and serve quicky!

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