Category Archives: Christmas

What do with the quince harvest

My neighbour has a beautiful quince tree in her garden that delivers a bumper harvest most years and this year is no exception. Over the years, we’ve developed quite a repertoire of recipes for them: quince infused brandy, ‘quincemeat’, quince … Continue reading

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Fresh orange and black olive salad/relish

I usually serve apricot chutney with my carved cold ham at Christmas but I didn’t have time this year. So, I made this sweet and sour fresh salad/relish with sweet oranges, black olives and red onion with a sweet and … Continue reading

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Pigeon Cottage potato salad

I make potato salad all year round, depending on what potatoes are in season. You need firm waxy varieties that don’t disintegrate when cooked such as baby new potatoes, Anya, Ratte, Pink Fir Apple or Charlotte. I sometimes make potato … Continue reading

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Tomato salad with sherry vinegar dressing

You can make this salad at any time of the year, although I usually make a big bowl of this for my BBQ parties in the summer and for the Pigeon Cottage Xmas party. It’s very easy to make, looks … Continue reading

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Mr Hubbard’s marinated party sausages

These delicious cocktail sausages from my butcher, Mr Hubbard, are a Pigeon Cottage Christmas party favourite. I buy the basic chipolatas, cut the links and twist each one in the middle again so as to create two cocktail sized ones … Continue reading

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