31.10.15

Not Halloween


No pumpkins, no dressing up, no sugar hangovers. My family seems to have finally grown out of halloween. Hoo-bloody-ray. 

But if you are up to your elbows in pumpkin guts these posts might help. All the ideas will work with any kind of pumpkin or winter squash, butternut squash for instance, and will probably be nicer than a tasteless, watery carving pumpkin.


This year, halloween for me is all about the Rugby World Cup final. I'm backing the All Blacks because I like the haka and Dan Carter plus they're going to win (sorry Aussies).

Quince ratafia
I made quince brandy as a change from my usual quince vodka. The old-fashioned term for a drink made by steeping fruit and sugar in spirits is a ratafia. I rather like that. I made this ratafia exactly the same way as this substituting brandy for vodka.

Coconut and cherry cake

And here is another version of the cheap and cheerful cake, a coconut and cherry one. I replaced the cocoa with flour and added about 100g/1 cup of desiccated coconut and 100g of chopped glacé cherries (about 14). Sweet, stodgy deliciousness.

October you have been glorious.





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28.10.15

Autumnal Updates

Autumnal Updates
Blog Update You may have noticed that The Quince Tree has had a little face lift. I know some readers don't like bl...
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22.10.15

In My Kitchen

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16.10.15

just now i am.....

just now i am.....
Taking....photographs of the lovely autumn light in my garden. Not today though, today is overcast. Baking....  Welsh cakes Lis...
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14.10.15

for those with only a few quinces

for those with only a few quinces
A quince tree's first crop is likely to be meagre, two or three, maybe five, perhaps only one. I'm inclined to say 'be...
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12.10.15

In My Kitchen

In My Kitchen
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5.10.15

Cheap and Cheerful Cake

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My new favourite cake recipe happens to be one of the cheapest I've ever made. It also happens to be accidently vegan. No eggs, n...
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3.10.15

The Missing Months

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Thank you Lucille, why didn't I think of recap samplers? The following six samplers are made using my instagram photos because I st...
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