No. 65  - April 2008 is celebrating its 8th birthday on 1st April and thanks to you, is stronger  than ever with around 4,000 recipes and  over 7,500 people visiting the site per day.  I'd like to thank you for your continued support and don't forget - keep the faith - spread the word,  as we can never have too many visitors.

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Happy Cooking ! 



Florence Sandeman, Editor

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This Month's Features


Ingredient Analysis



Edible Flowers


Click the picture to find out which flowers you can use, general cooking tips plus lots of recipes. and there's still time to grow many of them





There's nothing like fresh rhubarb which is now in season. Click the picture for information and lots of recipes



Food in Film



Click the film to see the next in the series.



What's in Season in




Click here to see what's in season this month and to find a UK Farmers' Market near you. There are Lots of seasonal recipes too


Weekday Menus


Click the picture to find this month's  weekday menus to help you plan your meals and shopping weeks ahead.  Each weekday has a main course, suggested vegetable accompaniments plus a dessert which have been planned to supply you with a balanced diet. It's also been designed so that you can interchange one day's menu with another in the same grouping and most of the main courses are ready to serve in less than 40 minutes - great for working people.


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JK of France





19th April is National Garlic Day


Although native to Asia, Garlic has been used in various parts of the world for thousands of years both for culinary and medicinal purposes such as treating wounds, infections and intestinal parasites and is even mentioned in Egyptian hieroglyphs. You can read all about Garlic and its wonderful properties by clicking the link below. A Garlic Recipes page has also been published .


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23rd April is St. George's Day and Shakespeare's Birthday



Not only is it St. George's Day on 23rd April, it’s also Shakespeare’s birthday.  We have some super traditional English recipes on both the St. Georges day page and the England Cooking by Country page. 


As a bit of fun,  our St. George's Day page includes an interactive map showing recipes from the various parts of England, so why not give it a go.

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25th April is Anzac Day

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and ANZAC day marks the anniversary of the 1st key military battle fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Today is is commemorated  in both Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC biscuits are thought to have been baked by women in Australia and New Zealand for sending to the soldiers fighting overseas. These  biscuits are full of scrumptious ingredients and are absolutely DELICIOUS. Here's a link to the recipe for you to try.

Anzac Biscuits    Veg 35mins plus cooling



26th April to 2nd May 2008 is National Bread Week


Bread in one form or another, is consumed the world over, so eating it during this celebratory week is something most of us will do without even thinking about it.


Click the link below for information and history about bread. See below for a new feature on Bread Machines.


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Equipment for a Well-Stocked Kitchen




Breadmakers have become a popular addition to many households.  In fact, I recently got one (about 3 months ago) and I haven't stopped using it - sometimes as often as 4 times a week.


I must admit, I wasn't that keen to acquire one, but as it was bought for me, I thought "what the heck" let's give it a go. I'm glad I did as the bread is so much nicer - even using prepared "bread mixes" - which I do quite often.

This guide will help you to choose and use a suitable bread maker and will give you lots of ideas for home made breads,  some of which can be made in under 1˝ hours (depending on the machine you buy) with no need for you to knead or "punch down" or even hang about whilst it's rising and baking.

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Food in the News . . . .


Dietary guidelines play role in disease risk reduction

25-Mar-2008 - Consumers adhering to healthy diets similar to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, say researchers.

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How does your  Kitchen Garden grow


Sowing is still the order of the day but unlike March, April is a time when you can sow the majority of vegetable and herb seeds outdoors unless there is an unusually long cold snap.




Continue to sow Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, dill, summer cabbage, carrots, turnips cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, peas, lettuce, marjoram, parsnips,  radish, spinach, spring onions


Start thinning out seeds which were sown last month but in order to prevent large gaps occurring, only thin to half the final distance.



Continue to sow Aubergines, Capsicums (Sweet peppers), Chives, mint,,  oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage,    sweet basil, thyme, tomatoes


Start thinning out seeds which were sown in pots or trays last month once they  are about 12mm/1/2" tall.. Don't delay too long as crowded plants not only fight for light, making them grow tall and spindly, but they are also more prone to damping off disease


For detailed growing instructions visit growing herbs and vegetables section


* * * Gardening Challenge * * *


Recap:  Whilst looking at an online seed catalogue, I found two items which caught my imagination.  Strawberries which bear fruit the same year the seeds are sown and outdoor watermelons. Having never grown either of these from seed before, I decided I'd put my money where my mouth is and document  the various stages in this newsletter.   Remember, I'll be growing these on in containers as I don't have a "proper" garden. . . . . just a large terrace

The Challenge - Part Two

 Same year fruiting Strawberries


Recap:  The variety is Sarian which is an F1 hybrid which is supposed to bear fruit in the same season as the seeds have been sown.

As I mentioned last month, the seeds were supposed to germinate within 21 days and indeed they did. In fact they germinated in less than 10 days. However, they don't seem to have done much growing since they germinated, especially in comparison to other seeds I've sown indoors so far. I'm going to try watering them with rain water from now on (have been using tap water) to see what happens....if anything.

Outdoor Watermelons


Recap:  The variety is Yellow Baby and, as the name suggests, it is yellow rather than red, and capable of being grown outside


Although I have my doubts as to whether I'll get any fruit due to our wonderful weather in the UK, I decided to give them a head start and sowed them indoors on 17th March.


I sowed 2 seeds in individual pots and so far, only one has germinated. If the other doesn't germinate within the next week or so, I'll try sowing back-up.


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