Let’s Build A Sledge


After an article was published , some of my chums , decided to fashion up some sledges over the snowy period.

One of the team having lived abroad [ AUS ] for most of here childhood had never sledged before , her first two runs ended up destroying the first two of three sledges OOOps.

So , after some hasty rebuilds in a cottage kitchen, where the kitchen table quickly became the Black & Decker Workbench , it was a case of sledging in the dark by headlamps.


Matron even Sam Spee , the rescue dog liked dancing in the snow.

Then a late supper , supported by Zebra production , home made Kiwi Miner Stout , and a long hard cycle home up hills covered in snow and ice , in bed by 0230 hrs .


Return trip day two , this time loaded up with some more ale , some strawberry cider , some ginger beer , some apple and black berry vodka , and some home made flap jack super food bar.

The perfect energy food , all gooey and sticky , ideal to kick start the day.

Just For Ms. Mole et al who consumed and requested the recipe.

Zebra Style High Energy Gooey Flapjacks

These honey-sweetened flapjacks are great for breakfasts on the go. If you’re having them at home, serve them warm with a dollop or Greek or natural yogurt and some fresh fruit. Makes 12 big or 16 smaller flapjacks

200g unsalted butter
200g demerara sugar
200g honey, agave syrup or brown rice syrup
450g muesli or a fruity porridge oat mix.

Lightly butter or oil a 20cm x 30cm (8in x 12in) cake tin, or line it with parchment paper. Put the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Add the muesli and mix well.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake tin and spread to about 2cm (¾in) thick. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes, until it’s lightly golden around the edges but still slightly soft in the middle. Let cool in the tin, then turn out and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



A second day of pain and a little bit of snow kiting thrown in for good measure by headlamp.

Followed by good home cooked sausage beans and mash , and yet another cycle ride home , I’m feeling the pain today.

Summer Berry Sorbet with Cracked Black Pepper

Summer Berry Sorbet with Cracked Black Pepper


500g mix of blackberries, redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries
250g caster sugar
juice of ½ a small lemon
splash of water

Place all the ingredients in a thick bottomed pan.

Bring to simmer, blend and sieve.

Allow to cool then churn in an ice cream maker

I add 1/4 tsp freshly crushed black pepper at the end of the freezing process.

The combination of the sharp fresh fruit and the subtle hot pepper , works wonderfully.

Today I Shall Make Green !!!! [ Herbal Body Scrub ]

Herbal Body Scrub : Prepared

Herbal Body Scrub : Cooking

Herbal Body Scrub : Mixing

Herbal Body scrub : Finished

Apple N Pear Wine : By Photo

Apple Pulp

Juice many pounds of windfall apples and your left some pulp , save the pulp and look at your lovely foaming juice

Apple Juice : Extracted

Then for something else juices some lush pears

Pear Juice : Extracted

Add you pear pulp to you apple pulp


Bag it up well in a mash bag.

Pulp Bagged

Add to you fermenter, along with sugar and some yeast and some pectolase [ helps settle the pectin in the mix and takes it to the bottom ] and some citric acid , cover and leave for 5 days.

Apple & Pear Wine : With Pulp Bagged

The blend tastes lush already.

My Hip Cool Cauliflowers

Cauliflower : Romesco

Cauliflower : Romesco

Ben’s Beanz

Named after a chum.

Bens Beans

Either 9oz ( 250g ) dried Haricot beans or 2 tins of Haricot beans
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion , diced
1 Clove Of Garlic
1 Tablespoon Black Treacle Or Molasses
Pinch Of Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 x 400g tin of Chopped Tomatoes or : equivalent in fresh toms
1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree
1 teaspoon English Mustard Powder
Pinch Cayenne or Paprika
3/4 pint water { Omit if beans are pre cooked }
salt N pepper to season.

Cook garlic and onion in pan until sweated off
add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil n simmer until you have a rich tomato style sauce.

If you’re using pre-cooked beans chuck them in and bring to boil.


if however like me you cook from the dried beans , soak the beans over night , drain rinse and then add them to the sauce along with 3/4 pint of water , bring to boil and them simmer for about and hour until cooked.

New Recipe : Grapefruit Wine

Grapefruit Wine

Cheap N Cheerful

4 ingredients thats all for this one.

7 Grapefruit
3lb Sugar
1 Gallon Water

Zest the rinds of the fruit

Peel and then obtain the juice , I use a juice extractor , however you do it , just juice.

Mix Juice with zest and water

Leave for 5 days

Stirring twice a day then strain to remove zest and and any remaining pulp through some muslin or a tea towel.

Dissolve the sugar in the juice and then add your yeast and brew off as normal.

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