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What to do with holiday leftover ham? Make a Croque Monsieur, of course!

Ham + Gruyère + Dijon mustard + good quality bread

Spread some Dijon mustard on a slice of bread

Top with sliced ham & sliced/grated Gruyère

Top with another slice of bread

Butter both sides of the bread & place the sandwich in a hot ‘dry’ frying pan

Cook over a medium heat (about 3-4 minutes)  or until golden brown on both sides

Make a thick Béchamel and allow it to cool

Spread some Béchamel on the top slice & sprinkle over more Gruyère

Grill under a medium heat until the Gruyère is golden and fully melted – et voilà!

Great for a weekend brunch or an indulgent lunch

& if you’re extra hungry, top with a fried egg for a Croque Madame!

Festive spiced bourbon

Festive spiced bourbon makes a lovely homemade gift for friends and family. It’s simple to make & easy to drink!

Festive spiced bourbon

All you need is a large jar into which you put the following ingredients:

* bourbon
* strips of clementine peel
* vanilla extract or pod
* caster sugar
* cinnamon sticks
* cloves

-Shake the jar from time to time & when the concoction reaches your desired intensity of flavour & spice pass the liquor through a sieve
-Decant into individual sterilised jars or bottles
-Garnish each jar with a clove, a freshly pared strip of washed clementine peel and a blackberry or three

Festive spiced bourbon

& then just starting giving, after all, that’s what Christmas is about!

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A batch started today would be more than quaffable by Christmas day!

Great to sip neat or with a splash of Chambord, and a generous glug will liven up festive mulled cider for your guests – enjoy!

 

 

Another lazy Sunday breakfast . . . . . . bliss!

Another lazy Sunday breakfast . . . . . . bliss! : )

Home-made Seville orange marmalade = Sun on toast!
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Smoking Bishop! | Victorian mulled punch

If you like mulled wine but fancy something a bit different then why not try making some Victorian Smoking Bishop as mentioned in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” ?

“A merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you, for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!

Be warned though – it’s stronger than it tastes!

Smoking Bishop!

3 unpeeled Seville oranges (if you can’t find any Sevilles try 2 oranges and ½ grapefruit)
15 cloves
1 cinnamon stick, a blade of mace and a few all spice berries  – all optional depending your taste for spice
100g (or to taste) soft brown sugar
1 bottle of red wine
½ bottle of port

Wash the oranges and  poke some holes in the peel with a fork
Stick 2 cloves into each orange
Bake in a moderate oven (about 180C) until brownish (about 1 to 1 ½ hours) turning once or twice
Put the oranges into a large bowl along with the rest of the cloves, any of  the above spices you might like, sugar and wine – BUT NOT THE PORT!
Cover and leave in a warm place for 24 to 48 hours
Slice the oranges in half and squeeze the juice into the wine
Strain (optional) the mix into a large pan and heat gently
Just before serving add the port and continue to heat gently until just “smoking” and under no circumstances let the punch boil!
Garnish with clove studded clementine slices (optional)

As I’ve already mentioned, go easy on this if you’re working tomorrow, it’s stronger than it tastes!

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We can help with everyday errands including:

  • Post office runs – posting letters & small parcels, collect and return forms etc
  • Dry-Cleaning, drop off and pick ups
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  • Organise weekly on-line shop
  • Stand in long queues for you!
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Three top tips to tidy up your garden this autumn

Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year with trees changing colour but there is still some work to be done!

 

So here are 3 top tips on tidying up your garden this autumn:
  • Clear up fallen leaves throughout this season and remember to compost them
  • Continue to weed, tidy borders, mow lawns and trim hedges during this unseasonally mild weather and up to the first frost
  • Harvest apples, pears, berries & grapes – this task of course also means getting busy in the kitchen with pickling, bottling and the making of pies & jams! 

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