Granny Baxter’s Dundee Cake

IMG_0708 dundee cakeFor our last post before Christmas we are sharing a family secret – Granny Baxter’s Dundee cake. It’s a fantastic alternative to a christmas cake .

Like all good Scottish Grannies, Granny Baxter makes her Dundee cake in an Aga.  That’s probably why ours is never as good as hers!  This delicious cake will keep in a tin for a week (if it lasts that long) and freezes well.

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Lamb, bean and barley casserole

IMG_0176 lamb and beans

Beans are a great source of protein for all the family.  Bean and sausage casseroles are common in family cook books and often loved by little ones. For a change, why not try cooking beans with lamb and barley?

Pearl barley is full of fibre and a cheap and easy way to bulk up a casserole or stew.  It works really well with lamb. This recipe is a favourite in our house.  We like to pop it in the oven to cook while we head out for a walk on a crisp and chilly Sunday afternoon.  It warms us right up when we get in!

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Black eyed bean and chorizo stew

There is a little cohort of our followers that love ‘Chickpea and Chorizo Casserole’ – the first ever recipe on this blog.  This is a slightly different version using black-eyed beans which is thickened using finely chopped bread at the end.

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The best chickpea curry in the world….

We absolutely love curry.  We have a silly number of spices in our kitchen!  You know we try to keep our recipes simple but this one involves quite a few speciality curry ingredients.  Buy as many as you can find.  We promise you’ll get to use them again for future recipes on this blog.  If you can find fresh curry leaves, these make all the difference.  You can put them in the freezer and use them from frozen.

For and enormous vat (8-10 portions) of spicy curry (this freezes really well) Continue reading