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Beginner Breadmaking: Greek Style Pita Bread

Beginner Breadmaking: Greek Style Pita Bread

Here we have another very simple bread for you to make at home. Greek style pita (or ‘pocketless-pita’) completes a souvlaki, gyros or kebab. I ate lots of them in Greece while on my first holiday with my first ‘proper’ girlfriend oh-so long ago. It’s 

Simple, elegant baking: How to make Biscotti

Simple, elegant baking: How to make Biscotti

So here’s a small departure from the usual ‘how to’s’ you’ll find on the site. Those who follow the Instagram posts, are one of my team at work, or were at a friend’s 50th birthday party recently will know that I’ve baked a bunch of 

Simple Dairy: How to make Butter

Simple Dairy: How to make Butter

So far on the blog we’ve given instruction on various bits and pieces. You can now make your own bread and bacon: sounds like a near perfect breakfast to me! We are, however, missing one important element of the restorative bacon butty, and that’s butter.

Butter isn’t just for sandwiches though. There are lots of areas where butter is going to get used but why go to the bother of making your own? Here are my reasons and, more importantly, the steps for making it.

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Simple Dairy: How to make Cream Cheese.

Simple Dairy: How to make Cream Cheese.

Do you want to inherit the Earth? Then you need to learn how to be a cheesemaker (or any other form of dairy product manufacturer). Cheese can be complicated. It often requires specialised equipment and techniques as well as specialised ingredients. In the future we’ll 

Beginner Breadmaking: Focaccia

Beginner Breadmaking: Focaccia

Focaccia is an interesting little beast that blurs the lines between a pizza and a bread. It’s also fairly moist and almost cake-like in texture. Most importantly, though; it’s delicious and very easy to make. It’s great served as part of a large meal, with a 

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Bacon. Beginner’s method 1

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Bacon. Beginner’s method 1

Bacon is a hugely versatile ingredient and a long established favourite among meat eaters (as well as the crippling blow to many ex-vegetarians). A good dry cured bacon is both delicious and essential in a full English Breakfast. However, many of us opt for the cheaper stuff and often find ourselves a little disappointed with what could have been. What if we could make bacon for less money than the standard stuff? What if we could make free-range, high welfare, dry-cured and dry aged bacon for less than the standard stuff? And what if that bacon is downright delicious? Well, this is one reason to make your own. Another reason is that it is very easy.

The main reason is, well, BACON!

In this example I’ll be making green (unsmoked) streaky bacon.

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Simple Charcuterie: How to make Duck Prosciutto

Simple Charcuterie: How to make Duck Prosciutto

Dry cured, uncooked and air dried ham sits somewhere near the pinnacle of the Charcutiere or Salumiere’s craft. A high quality Parma ham can fetch a vast price and rightly so. It’s hugely unrealistic to expect to get anything like those results in a new 

How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 2

How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 2

This is the second part of a walkthrough that will help you to make your first batch of wine using supermarket juice. 1 gallon is 6 bottles of wine. If you haven’t already read it, you’ll need to start with part 1 to catch up… After 

Beginner Breadmaking: Basic Flatbread

Beginner Breadmaking: Basic Flatbread

Flatbreads seem to have become more and more popular over the past 2 decades or so.

If you’d have asked me for an example of a flatbread back in the 80’s, I probably would have said ‘pizza’ and, maybe, ‘naan’.

The reputation is well founded in my opinion. Flatbreads make a great change to sandwiches and go brilliantly with spicy foods such as curries, chilli, Moroccan spiced lamb etc. They’re very common across the globe with many variations and are often prepared with minimal equipment and in very difficult conditions. Surely, with a bit of practice, these should be easy to replicate in a modern kitchen right? Well yes, yes they are.

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How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 1

How to Make Your First Gallon of Wine part 1

This is the first part of a walkthrough that will help you to make your first batch of wine using supermarket juice. 1 gallon is 6 bottles of wine. This post is clearly aimed at those over the legal age of consumption. Please check the