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I have a penchant for enamel and I saw this enamel coffee pot in a little ‘vintage’ shop, just down the road from me. Having peered into the lid, I saw it was a coffee device, which I assumed was like the stove-top coffee maker I already have.

It took a lot of googling to discover that what I had bought is actually called a Coffee Biggin (nothing to do with Christopher). You put the ground coffee (3 tablespoons seems to work well) in the main lid part and pop the colander-like lid on the top which disperses the water evenly. The water in question is previously boiled and then poured slowly through the filter and the coffee comes through into the main part of the pot. So, basically an old-fashioned filter coffee machine in the form of a butter-yellow pot! (Annoyingly, it looks cream on the photos. but it’ a gorgeous buttercup yellow)

Tasted really good too!

How to get the label glue off of Jam Jars

How to get the label glue off of Jam Jars

Today, I made a discovery so exciting, I had to write about it. No, not how to turn water into wine (alas), but something that has made me swear loudly for many a year. I have always struggled to get the glue from labels off of jam jars. Some are fine – those ones you can […]

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs have always been a favourite in our family. There is something very satisfying about making your own. And mine are baked, not fried so they are a filling and guilt-free lunch or snack. And what’s even more fabulous is that, because I use sausages (not sausage-meat),  you can make them more interesting by […]

Tomato and Coconut Cassoulet

Tomato and Coconut Cassoulet

Recently, I was sent some recipes from a new vegetarian cookery book that is going to be published this week. It is called ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ by Anna Jones. Anna trained with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen and has an impressive CV. Her book sounds right up my street as it has lots of healthy, […]

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

Yup, it’s back to the 70s! My nan used to buy a frozen Black Forest Gateau once a month. It would be taken from the freezer in the morning and all day my sister and I would watch it slowly defrost until finally, ’round about tea-time, it was thawed and ready for greedy consumption. These days, […]

How do I make Bread Rolls?

How do I make Bread Rolls?

Despite carbs being my nemesis, I am a bread lover through and through. I recall as child wanting my ‘last meal’ to be bread and water. I know. These days it would be bread and wine. How very Eucharistic of me. Anyway, I was making some homemade beefburgers the other day and thought why not […]

How do I make.....Cheese Sauce?

How do I make…..Cheese Sauce?

I used to have a fear of cheese sauce. Not in a running out of the room at the sight if it or even an allergy way, but because I had always thought it meant creating a roux. I hate to think how many times I have ruined a roux, or roux-ined one in fact! […]