Spotted Dog

April 1, 2012

Nice easy recipe from The Press

  • 450g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 75g sultanas
  • 1 egg
  • 350-425ml buttermilk

Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

Sieve flour and soda into a bowl. Add salt, sugar, sultanas.

Mix and make a well in the centre.

Break egg into measuring jug and add milk to 425ml. Pour most of the mixture into the flour. Mix together. Add more milk if necessary for a dough that is not too wet and sticky. Don’t over mix.

Turn dough onto floured surface. With floured fingers pat dough into a round approx 6cm thick. Place on dusted baking tray and cut a deep cross in the dough.

Place in oven and reduce temp to 200 degrees c. Bake for 35-40 minutes.


No Knead Bread

February 6, 2012


Just made a batch – not too bad, recommended. Mine was a bit too wet so tended to stick to everything but final result was pretty good. Nice crunchy crust and inside nice light dough.

Runner Bean Chutney

February 6, 2012


Clearly we are not the first people to discover that runner beans are pretty productive!

Haven’t tried this recipe yet but it is now on the list

Runner beans and fennel

February 3, 2012

Happened to have a bit of a surplus of runner beans and fennel – lo and behold, this seemed the perfect recipe! Tried it and it is very tasty – recommended.


October 22, 2011

Two quince trees going this year – both in full flower at the moment so fingers crossed for a great crop.


September 5, 2011

Went to the nursery to get some snapdragon seeds but couldn’t find any! Turns out they are Antirrhium – and they are going in today. I plan to put them in a bed on their own to produce cut flowers for in the house – plus maybe attract the odd bee for the vege garden. Reading the packet they may not be altogether straightforward though.


September 4, 2011

Cucumber Miniature White Wonder – Cucumis Sativus – only 10 seeds in the pack! Anyway they are all planted – apparently these are a “great miniature yellowish-white eating cucumber.

Better remember to save some seed too (assuming something grows)