Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pork and Cider Stew

I’ve made this stew in many variations, but today’s attempt was definitely one of the best. It’s especially good served up with some freshly cooked white bread. Probably. I kinda undercooked the bread a little. (shhhh, the other post thinks it was successful!)

Serves 3-4 people depending on portion size. I generally find it serves as many people as are sitting around the table!


500g pork (diced)

2 Potatoes

2 Parsnips

2 Carrots

1 onion

1 tin baked beans

1 stock cube

1 bottle cider

Various seasonings


Chop all the veg and pork and put into a large saucepan with the baked beans. Dissolve the stock cube in the cider and add to the pan. Add seasonings to taste. I used rosemary, parsley, a pinch of Tesco Cajun spices and a big squirt of tomato purée  I also used the cheapest cider that Tesco sells – given that you’re cooking it in with a whole load of other flavours, you don’t really need to splash out here. You can add some cooking apples if you like, it adds to both the flavour and texture. I would have done, but I forgot that we had a bunch in.

Simmer for about an hour, or until it goes gloopy.


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Successful Bread!


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November 12, 2012 · 8:28 pm

Lemon-Syrup Loaf Cake

This cake reminded me of why I love to bake cakes. I whipped it up in a mad dash while waiting for visitors to arrive, finished it off while they were here and served it up for afternoon tea. And it tasted fab. This is one of those home made cakes that tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the shops.


Standard cake recipe + lemon. Nothing I had to buy specially, which is always nice.


Again, a standard cake recipe with the addition of lemons. I left out the syrup that you are meant to pour over, but it tasted so nice without I’m not sure I would bother in future attempts.

There are a couple of variations which I think I will be tempted to try at some point. Probably after I have made a few more things from the book though!

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