Food and Drink

Spiced Hot Chocolate

This is a magical recipe for a rich, silky, creamy, smooth, luxurious and enchanting hot chocolate treat! The combination of spices and raw cacao create a truly heartwarming drink that is a staple drink during the cold winter months. Ingredients: 60g of arriba nacional or other high-grade, sustainably sourced raw …

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Making wine very special

In a continuing series promoting our great local businesses, Phil Kemp visits three independent wine merchants in the area Over thirty million British people regularly drink wine so it’s perhaps not surprising that even a quick visit to a supermarket will reveal shelves stacked high with wine, and a quick …

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Kathy’s Pecan & Pumpkin Tart

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Nicola’s Spicy Pumpkin Cake

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Dawn’s Asian Style Pumpkin Soup

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkins are not just good for sweet recipes or soups. They can be used in chillis, curries, stews, quiches, pasta bakes and much more. Try spicy oven baked pumpkin chips or add cubes to oven roasted vegetables to accompany your next roast. Roast Pumpkin Hummus Chop 250g of pumpkin and …

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A day of fizz and fun in the Surrey Hills

There’s nothing quite like a glass of something sparkling to make an occasion feel special. As a former professional hot air balloon pilot, I have been used to opening a bottle of Champagne after every passenger flight as part of the ballooning experience. Words and pictures by Dani Maimone. It is …

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Wonderful local asparagus…

British Asparagus starts to appear in the shops around May time. Locally, Secretts of Milford are famed for their asparagus, which they pick when it’s perfectly ready to eat. Harvested every day for the farm shop and restaurant trade, they have become famous throughout the region for this lovely vegetable. Delicious …

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Gourmet Vegetables

I love April, it’s such a super month in the garden and there are so many beautiful vegetables that you can sow now. Did you know that it’s just as easy to grow a purple coloured carrot, as it is to grow an orange one? Carrots come in an array …

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The wonder of maple

The maple sugar season has just finished in the south and eastern part of Québec. For the last two weeks of March, maple syrup producers have returned to their rustic wooden cabins and have been harvesting the sweet maple water. Once again, the boiling process has given the woodlands a …

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Baking at Easter – Easter Egg Biscuits

Easter is always a great time for baking and this extract from Quick Cakes for Busy Mums by Karen Taylor, £14.99 (B. Dutton Publishing) offers you a couple of colourful recipes. Easter Egg Biscuits Ingredients 200g (7oz) unsalted butter 200g (7oz) caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 1 egg, lightly beaten …

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Baking at Easter – ‘Hoppy Easter’ Cupcakes

Easter is always a great time for baking and this extract from Quick Cakes for Busy Mums by Karen Taylor, £14.99 (B. Dutton Publishing) offers you a couple of colourful recipes. ‘Hoppy Easter’ Cupcakes Ingredients 175g (6oz) butter (or margarine) 175g (6oz) caster sugar 3 medium eggs 175g (6oz) self-raising …

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