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Apple Cheeeeeese

The autumnal manic preserving has continued apace and i thought i’d share with you my latest exploits. I was given a load of apples via work, from a long neglected apple tree outside the office hence producing very small fruit. The thought of peeling and chopping them all individually didn’t fill me with domestic joy …

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Lord preserve me

Though it’s been a delightfully sunny summer, i always look forward to the approach of the autumn. The closing in of a season encourages a natural sense of reflection in me, and my thoughts turn from what has been to what harvests may come. Last autumn we were settling in to our new house and …

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The macaron challenge

July wasn’t an easy month, and with that i felt the need to mark some of the difficult days with some beauty. And what could be more delicately gorgeous than french macarons, made famous by the Parisian patisserie Laduree, but now sweeping the globe as the latest chic treat for young and old. My friend Lora was …

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Chutney 101

Its been quite a long time since i made chutney. A bare chutney cupboard in my life is a sure sign of general busy-ness. I then discovered that Malcolm, en route to work, had been purchasing shop bought chutney for weekday lunches. Oh, the shame! The ignominy! So i got to work with the help …

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Christmas bits ‘n bobbles

I tried very hard to lose my christmas humbug this year, and I must admit a massive drive at organisation and a 2 year old have definatley helped. However its truly the run in now, and I cant say I’m totally organised, it’s more a matter of just giving up! Have adopted the granny method …

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Hedgerow Membrillo from Drumsesk

Here we have another esteemed guest blogger joining us with her inspiration and salvage secrets – our auntie Gladys (mum to Brona, also a guest poster of old), who has been busy this autumn in the Rostrevor thicket…. I am excited about having the time and intent to use whatever is available and full of potential …

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Seasonal food: Victoria Plum Crumble

I’m proud of our wee country for being able to produce it’s very own fruit! That’s why I feel compelled to do things with it. Right now the contents of my kitchen table are all locally grown NI fruits given to me by lovely organic comrades. We all know there is only so long you …

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Jamie’s Italy

This has very little to do with salvaging but i just wanted to rave a little about my saturday lunch experience at Jamie’s new restaurant in Glasgow, a coalescing of my two loves – interiors and food. Albeit with a fairly corporate edge to the whole operation, i still would struggle to think of anywhere …

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Economy Gastronomy

Shopping for cookbooks in second hand shops can be quite unsatisfying. Rows of 1980’s m&s freebies, rubbish cupcake booklets and the odd obligatory delia smith classic. Purchasing cookbooks is something i would suggest requires considerable selectivity and deliberation, given the vast array of options on the market. Which means buying second hand becomes even more …

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Seasonal Soup

Early spring is the time to pick your nettles I’ve heard,apparently they get tough after that. It seems just as your getting into spring, its already speeding past, so I marched myself out on sunday, dentist latex gloves to hand, and went nettle hunting. Harder to remember where you last saw a lucious big clump …