Christmas Tarts – The alternative to a traditional mince pie

I know, I know, it’s not even Christmas, and already you’ve had your fill of mince pies.  Yes, they’re really festive, but after a while you start to appreciate that there’s, well, just too much pastry.  And that mincemeat?  It’s very nice, but this is a special occasion, surely we can add a bit more…

Plum Liqueur & Plum Gin

I’ve been looking out for sloes all season with the anticipation of turning out a batch of Sloe Gin, but just haven’t discovered any.  What I do have in bucket loads are plums (- when we moved into the house we must have taken down 2 dozen self-set plum trees and left the 2 most…