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Mum’s Lavender Scones – An Easy Recipe From Her Collection

 

Mum's Lavender Scones
Mum’s Lavender Scones

My mum liked scones and she always was able to remember the weights and measures for pancakes, Yorkshire puddings and scones. I don’t, so, fortunately, she scribbled them down. Here is one that I used last week and was asked for the recipe as they were described as “melt in your mouth”.

Makes about 16 large scones which toast up very nicely on the 2nd day and they can be frozen but in my house, they are gone pretty soon.

  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 1/3 cups of milk I use 2%
  • 2 tablespoons of edible lavender buds 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F OR 180 C
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Cut in butter or margarine. I use my KitchenAid on 2nd lowest setting adding the lavender
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs well then add milk and whisk again
  4. Now fold the egg & milk into the dry mix until the dough is moistened. Do not overwork.
  5. I use an ice cream scoop to measure dough out onto two parchment lined cookie sheets, approximately 8 scoops per tray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then turn over scones and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden on both sides. 
  7. Place on rack to cool and serve with jam

 

 

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Part 2


Simply take…

Part 1 repeated…

In a large bowl take
1lb 6oz of mixed dried fruit
3oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, the fruit will be full and lush.

Add to the fruit

Part 2
6oz butter
6oz castor sugar
grated rind of 1 orange
4 large eggs
7oz plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice

Mix well and place in a buttered round cake tin, traditionally for a Dundee cake it is 7 inches but I use a 9-inch cake tin as we like a lot of almonds on the top.

Place as many almonds as you like on top of the cake to decorate.

Bake in centre of the oven for 2 hours for a 9-inch cake tin and 2 1/2 hours for a 7-inch cake tin. Test with a skewer, when it is clean, the cake is cooked. Leave in tin 10 minutes before turning out.

Place on a plate or cake stand and add a ribbon around cake for a party.

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Ever! Part 1


You can choose to make the Dundee cake with or without alcohol and using any dried fruit and or nuts that you want. All my recipes are very forgiving and can be adapted for your preferences. It is a very easy recipe; I do it in two stages.
Stage one is taking all the dried fruit, and adding one cup of scotch, brandy or any other alcohol on hand to soak the fruit until plump, approx 24 hours. If you are a teetotaller you can use any fruit juice for good flavour. If you are in a hurry, this stage can be omitted. See, really easy! This cake is a hit with anyone who loves almonds and is good with tea, coffee, milk or something harder.

Simply take…

In a large bowl take
1 lb 6 oz of mixed dried fruit
3 oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, fruit will be full and lush.

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$aver – Make You Own Cold Brewed Coffee

Enjoying a cold one in Windsor
Enjoying a cold one in Windsor

It is one thing to go out for tea or coffee but pre-made cold brewed coffee is something that I find extraordinarily expensive at the supermarket, especially as it so easy to make your own.

Make this instead! Iced Coffee Concentrate

Grind one cups of coffee beans coarsely, add the ground coffee to 2 cups of water that has been left to come to room temperature using a French press, large jug or jar. Leave covered on the countertop for 24 hours. Push down the press or if using jug/jar strain through a filter or cheesecloth. 

To serve: Fill a glass with ice (you can make ice cubes from the cold brew if you do not want the coffee diluted) Add your coffee concentrate, milk, water, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or sweetened condensed milk in whatever proportions you like. All are delicious. Try starting with half of each. If you take sugar, make a batch of simple sugar syrup to use with your cold drinks. If you want to make a larger batch, just double the amounts.

 

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Salads – Dressed for Success Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

Dress Your Salads
Dress Your Salads
ADD TO A JAR THE FOLLOWING AND SHAKE FOR A PERFECT DRESSING
1/4 CUP OF OLIVE OIL
1/4 CUP OF FRESH LEMON JUICE
1 TEASPOON DIJON MUSTARD
2 TEASPOONS OF HONEY 
FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER AND SEA SALT TO TASTE
NO LEMON? TRY FRESH ORANGE INSTEAD!
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Using What You Have – Homemade Hand Scrub – Just 2 Ingredients

 

The garden looks great but what about your hands? In Windsor On
The garden looks great but what about your hands? In Windsor On

It’s that time of year again when hands and feet become rough and grubby after gardening, painting, cleaning and odd jobs.  To remedy simply take a little granular sugar and some olive oil in the palm of your hands to make a scrub. Rub into the skin gently and rinse with warm water. Wash hands if they feel too greasy. Now apply your favorite hand cream or body lotion. Voila, soft hands and feet! Use on knees and elbows too.
This scrub is also good in winter when hands begin to dry out.

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SYRUP FOR COCKTAILS, MOCKTAILS & TEAS – MINT AND LEMON

Simple Syrups for Cocktail & Mocktails
Simple Syrups for Cocktails & Mocktails
We have mint so I will make up a batch of syrup for drinks throughout summer. Also, try in hot or iced tea in place of sugar.

SYRUP FOR COCKTAILS, MOCKTAILS & TEAS MAKE MINT AND/OR LEMON

1 CUPS OF SUGAR
1 CUP OF WATER
1/2 CUP OF MINT  OR ZEST AND JUICE OF TWO LEMONS

IN A SMALL SAUCEPAN ADD ALL INGREDIENTS AND BRING TO A BOIL OVER A MEDIUM HIGH HEAT, ONCE SUGAR IS DISSOLVED REMOVE FROM HEAT AND LET COOL.

LET STAND FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. THE POTENCY OF THE SYRUP WILL DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT STEEPS. REMOVE MINT, DISCARD, LEAVE TO COOL.
STORE REFRIGERATED IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS
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Victoria Day – Raise a Glass and Enjoy!

Pimm's On Tap In London U.K. - Genius!
Pimm’s On Tap In London U.K. – Genius!

Most people now in Canada consider Victoria Day as the (unofficial) start of Summer! Queen Victoria died in 1901 and until 1952 Victoria Day was a national bank holiday on May 24. However, beginning 1953 Victoria Day is now celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend. 

One of the best ways to kick off the warmer weather and raise a toast to Queen Victoria and all things British is with a Pimm’s Cup originally served in James Pimm’s  London oyster bar in the 1840s where he invented this delicious drink calling it the No 1 cup. It was a definite step up to the harsh gin that was normally served.

PIMM’S ORIGINAL in tall glasses & a jug

  • 200ml PIMM’S No.1 This is gin-based
  • 600ml of Lemonade
  • Mint, orange, strawberries, & cucumber
  • Ice

Chop up all fruit and lightly muddle the mint and place in jug or glass. Add the Pimm’s followed by lemonade and ice. Serve and enjoy.

#style organiziation

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Quick & Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches & Strawberry Shortcakes

ADD STRAWBERRIES TO MAKE A SHORTCAKE!

Suddenly after a cold April, we are having a mini heatwave! I love the giant ladyfingers as a snack with a cup of coffee but with the hot weather, we made some ice cream sandwiches and strawberry shortcakes, so delicious, quick and easy. Use your favourite combinations. 

ENJOY!
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Real Easy Food – Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Dried Fruits

Truthfully, it has been cold, so pull out your slow cooker to make oatmeal for any morning. Simple take:

8 CUPS OF WATER
2 CUPS STEEL CUT OATS
1 1/2 CUP ANY DRIED FRUIT
1/4 TEASPOON SALT (OPTIONAL)
PLACE ALL IN A LARGE SLOW COOKER, COVER, & COOK ON LOW 8 HOURS.

IN THE MORNING ADD A LITTLE MILK OR CREAM AND SERVE WITH SOME MAPLE SYRUP.

DON’T SLEEP IN TOO LATE!

*, ADJUST RECIPE FOR THE SIZE OF YOUR FAMILY.