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Wednesday, 21 January 2015


Milly is such a scamp but adorable at the same time...it's been fun having her to stay with us for her holidays (her owners have been away too!).  As you can no doubt tell from her watchful gaze, she remains alert at all times for sightings of cats or squirrels.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Simple fruit soda bread

This is the perfect antidote to the rich food of Christmas.
It also reminds me of my childhood
1lb plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon of sugar
Half pint to a pint of whole milk mixed with a small tub of plain yoghurt
A handful of dried fruit (e.g. raisins, currants, sultanas etc.)

Proportions in this are quite loose, as you can see.

Sieve the flour and bicarb into a large bowl. Add the sugar and fruit. Mix in the milk mixture and knead (prolonged kneading not necessary). Form into a round.

Bake in the middle of a moderate-hot oven for about 40 minutes. Knock  on the base  - it should sound hollow.

Allow to cool on a wire tray.
This must really be eaten while fresh (or toasted) with lashings of butter!