Happy Christmas!


I have finished making all the food ordered this Christmas and the final deliveries are scheduled. Many thanks to all of you who have bought from me – I hope you enjoy your food and come back in 2017.

Now I can concentrate on Christmas with my family and friends. There are several traditions to observe, like baking mince pies while listening to the Festival of nine lessons and carols on Christmas Eve, a trip to Borough Market to stock up with delicious foodie bits and pieces (including the pilgrimage to Neal’s Yard to select our cheese) and decorating our tree, which is always left until the last minute! I will be taking a couple of weeks off over Christmas and the New Year but will be back testing our new recipes and making new preserves in 2017 – watch this space.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017!

Open house – a quick reminder

If you are in the Southborough area today, please come along to try before you buy. I will be open between 11am and 1pm this morning and then between 4pm and 8pm this afternoon/evening.

I will have a selection of chutneys, jams, jellies, marmalades, cakes and biscuits available for tasting and purchase.

If you are looking for Christmas food gifts, I can make up gift boxes with 3 jars of your choice.

I look forward to seeing you later!

More Christmas preparations

This week I have been making more cranberry and orange compôte and mincemeat to sell at The Skinners’ School Christmas Fayre and Farmers Market.

If you want a cranberry sauce to go with your turkey or gammon that isn’t as sweet as many cranberry jellies sold, then try this one. It is made with a little sugar but the main flavour is cranberry. It would also go well with brie or a baked camembert.

The mincemeat recipe I use has lime juice and zest to go with the dried fruit. This gives it a fresh zingy taste. It is suitable for vegetarians.

I will have jars for sale on Saturday 3 December at The Skinners’ School –

£3.00 for a 190g jar of cranberry & orange compôte and

£3.50 for a 320g jar of mincemeat.


Selling my food

I have a table at The Skinners’ School Christmas Fayre and Farmers Market on Saturday 3 December 2016 on St Johns Road in Tunbridge Wells.

If you would like to try some of my chutneys, jellies, cakes and biscuits before you buy, please come along between 11am and 2pm.

I will also have Panforte, traditional Christmas cake and Christmas Puddings for sale along with gift boxes which can be made up with your choice of chutneys, jams, marmalades and jellies.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

PS Please bring cash with you as I don’t think my card payment machine will have arrived in time – sorry for the inconvenience!

Spiced redcurrant jelly

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I picked redcurrants a few weeks ago and made another batch of spiced redcurrant jelly. From the field to the jar within 24 hours – perfect! The jelly will be delicious with roast lamb or venison or I use it to enrich a game gravy. As I don’t own a stand for the jelly straining bag, I go for an upturned chair and bits of string – this works just as well! The jelly has white wine vinegar added to give it extra flavour as well as cinnamon and cloves.

Courgette and chocolate cake


Here is another cake made with grated courgette – please don’t stop reading now! This one is gluten free as it is made with rice flour and ground pistachio nuts. The sponge contains cocoa powder for a rich, dark chocolate flavour and it is sandwiched together with a cocoa flavoured butter cream. The grated courgette keep the sponge moist and the ground pistachio nuts give it a slight crunch. It seems strange to make a cake with vegetables and then say you can’t tell that they are there but don’t be put off – this is a delicious cake!

Getting professional advice


A little while ago, a friend asked if he could photograph my business for a college project.

He spent the day watching me making a cake, flapjacks and chutney, and taking pictures of the preserves I had already made. I will be adding these to my blogs over the coming months.

It was fascinating watching him at work, getting the lighting just right and making the foods I had made look appetising. I especially like the selection of jars – who would have guessed that jams, jellies and chutneys could look so good!

If you want to see other examples of his work, please have a look at http://www.craigprentis.co.uk

The final countdown ……

24 hours to go and still plenty to do ….

If you have forgotten the cranberry sauce and live near Southborough, I still have a few jars. This is the cranberry and orange compôte I have mentioned before, flavoured with spices and port. It is the perfect match for your Christmas dinner and also to accompany the cold meats on Boxing Day.

Happy Christmas to you all – have a wonderful time with your families and friends.


Christmas gift ideas

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If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas, here are two selections which I have put together.

They can be tailored to suit your requirements – select 3 jars of the same size and hey presto!

Shown here are two chutneys with one mincemeat which will cost £12.00 and two jellies with one chutney which will cost £10.00. Other combinations can include jams and marmalade – please contact me with your exact requirements and I will let you know the cost.