October 2008

Haw Jelly – Andy Hamilton

October 10, 2008 // 0 Comments

I was first introduced to the delights of haw jelly when it was given as a present from the secret selfsufficientish santa (a yearly tradition on our web forum) a couple of Christmas’s ago and I have loved the stuff ever since. Pretty easy stuff to make. The recipe that I use is inspired by some ofthe ishers on our web forum. Ingredients 1 lb of Haws (500g) 1.5 pints of water (800mls) 3 crab [...]

Simple (and cheap) beer made with real hops

October 10, 2008 // 2 Comments

The beauty of this beer is that you can forage or grow one of the key ingredients of it, namely the hops. If you look to your right you will see  my hop plants happily growing on my allotment. They are very easy to grow needing just a cutting and wire or trellis to climb up. They grow wild in England, especially in the south. I would call this beer an intermediate as far a level is skill needed [...]

30 Uses and facts of the humble nettle – Dave Hamilton

October 9, 2008 // 2 Comments

A Nettle patch, but what are the uses? Pick small nettles for food The nettle is often shunned in the plant world. Most of us have at some point in our lives fallen into a nettle bed or at least been stung by it’s tiny needles. However it holds the crown of one of the most maligned yet phenomenally useful of all ‘weeds’. So in praise of the humble nettle I’ve put together [...]

Cheap and Easy Posh Potato – Potato Gratin – By Andy Hamilton

October 9, 2008 // 0 Comments

This recipe has to be one of the rare ones that tastes amazing, costs next to nothing and is really easy to make. It is also one that you can make up as you go along using up whatever you have in the cupboard. I made this last night and there was not a bit left, even the baking dish was cleaned out. Basic Ingredients 5 fairly large potatoes (bit smaller than massive baking potatoes) Pot of Cream [...]