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Song for Late Autumn

Here in the UK, the autumn so far, has been a damp one. Each morning we awaken to news footage of northern towns submerged in water. Road signs adrift in the middle of a lake, the tops of cars forming islands in new rivers, sand bags piled hopefully at doors. My small garden already a… Continue reading Song for Late Autumn

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Full Blood Moon

In our not too distant past November was the time of the year when livestock that couldn't be sustained over winter would be killed and the meat preserved. Although on the face of it, a brutal practice, there can be few things more cruel than watching an animal fade with cold or hunger. Killing a… Continue reading Full Blood Moon

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Pearl Barley, Smoked Cheddar and Walnut Salad

This is a lovely recipe I have adapted a little, to include crispy Kale. It is a lovely warm, seasonal salad, very filling and hearty. The original recipe is in The Salad Bowl - Nicola Graimes. This is a wonderful, warm salad, perfect for cosy autumn evenings, walnut and smoked cheeses, is just the tastiest… Continue reading Pearl Barley, Smoked Cheddar and Walnut Salad

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All Hallows Eve ‘Soul Cakes’

Halloween (All Souls/All Hallows) is derived from the ancient Celtic festival called “Samhain” or “Feast of the Dead”. It has traditionally been celebrated with bonfires, especially on high ground, in order to light the soul’s way to heaven. Many cultures have their own version of a similar festival at this time of year, and isn't… Continue reading All Hallows Eve ‘Soul Cakes’