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This is an old post from way back but I thought it would brighten my day up with thoughts of warmer weather.

Shanna was going to get me another tattoo for my fiftieth birthday this year, a lovely tree of life on my upper arm, but when we went to get a sketch done I wasn’t too impressed with the picture that was made to go with it and put the decision off for a week or so.

The next day we went to the HomeGrown Food Festival and after lunch we were wandering around and saw the Frontier Stove by Anevay. Best cinnamon bun recipe ever After a little think I decided that I would love this as an early birthday present.


I fired it up last Monday to see how it worked and to heat up dinner, but tonight we cooked on it from scratch. Cinnamon bun recipe with icing The main part of the meal was griddled mackerel fillets with samphire. Cinnamon bun glaze recipe easy We also had potato salad with thyme flowers (both from the allotment) with a gooseberry, rhubarb and sage relish (again all ingredients from the allotment).

This really has helped us enjoy the outside space at the house and makes it feel like another room in the house, we spent hours out there this evening and are both looking forward to crisp autumnal evenings with the stove pumping out heat and toasting marshmallows.

Another reason for getting this was its portability, we can take it to the allotment or on holiday with us, much easier to use than a barbeque and with more functionality than a chiminea or fire pit.

Grate ginger and garlic. Sticky bun cinnamon roll recipe Zest the lime and melt some coconut oil.

Add 1 tin of coconut milk, lime juice, splash of sweet chili sauce and fish sauce, gently heat and mix together.

Cook rice noodles according to instructions on packet, drain and refresh in cold water and set aside.

Cook cod in the coconut sauce, when nearly thawed add the prawns.

While the fish is cooking, slice spring onions and greens. Cinnamon pecan sticky buns recipe If pak choi separate stalks and leaves.

Whilst noodles, etc are heating, heat some coconut oil in wok. Cinnamon bun recipe martha stewart Stir-fry veg – spring onions, then stalks, then leaf.

Spices – coriander seed, mustard seed, cardamom pods, turmeric, garam masala.

First drain, pat dry and slice the tofu into slices about 1cm thick. Recipe for cinnamon bun cake Dry fry till nicely browned. Cinnamon bun cake recipe easy Cut into good sized chucks and put to one side.

Finely slice the onion and garlic and fry gently in the coconut oil. Recipe for cinnamon buns with yeast Use a decent amount of oil. Cinnamon bun icing recipe cream cheese Bash the chosen hard spices in the mortar and pestle and add to oil, fry up for a few mins. Easy cinnamon bun icing recipe Turn down heat and Add garam masala – a couple of teaspoons – and turmeric and stir for a minute. Recipe for homemade cinnamon buns Add flour, heat on low, give it all a good stir for a minute.

Add the coconut milk and some water. Recipe for cinnamon buns from scratch Maybe another tinful? Not too much but it needs some liquid to cook the cauli. Easy cinnamon bun recipe without yeast Stir to mix it all in. The best cinnamon buns recipe in the world It should start to thicken a little.

Throw in the cauliflower and chickpeas. Healthy cinnamon roll recipe Add the bay leaves, chilli sauce, pepper. Easy healthy cinnamon rolls recipe Stir gently. The perfect cinnamon roll recipe Bring to simmer and cook for a few minutes to give the cauli a start. The best cinnamon roll recipe ever Then add the tofu, mix it all gently and continue to simmer. The best cinnamon roll recipe It should only need 30 mins.

And purple sprouting broccoli…. Best cinnamon roll recipe without bread machine (Maybe a bit much with the cauliflower, actually! All that brassica… Not good).

CottagesI just realised I had a lot of half-finished projects and information all over the place and wanted to get this all in one place.

So new information and old information will all be collected here, eclectic and sometimes disparate but all the stuff I want to write about and do.

Collections, recipes, thoughts, basically a scrap book full of things I’m not sure others will want to read.

First attempts, abandoned experiments, nascent projects, everything really.

A place to write and explore, a place to leave stuff to mature.

This is another firm favourite, adapted from a recipe with our own twists, such as the addition of sumac instead of (as well as) saffron.

It’s at its best when the veg is our own fresh from the allotment

• Orange peel (two fat strips enough as don’t want it to dominate) and a little fresh squeezed juice

• Veg stock (or fish stock if you have it, that would be even nicer) (I sometimes add a tiny splash of Thai fish sauce)

• A carrot if you fancy – sometimes I put some in, sometimes I don’t

• You could add some small prawns if you want to fancy it up. Best cinnamon bun recipe without yeast I haven’t done so far but I think it would work.

All the veg should be finely sliced, or diced in the case of the potatoes and carrot. Best cinnamon roll recipe It makes a nicer texture.

Saute the onions, add the garlic, then the crushed coriander seed and saffron if you have some. Best cinnamon roll recipe from scratch Don’t let the onions brown. Easy cinnamon bun recipe with yeast Add celery and leeks, continue sweating off. Cinnamon roll cupcake recipe from scratch Add fennel. Cinnamon roll waffles recipe from scratch Add carrots and potatoes. Cinnamon roll cake recipe from scratch Add some water – not much as this should be more of a stew than a soup and you still have your tomatoes to add. Mini cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch Add veg stock powder and stir in. Cinnamon bun dough recipe bread machine Add tomatoes and the rest of the aromatics – orange, bay, a grind of black pepper, a half teaspoon of paprika ( you want the smokiness but not to dominate). Cinnamon roll filling recipe A green cardamom probably wouldn’t go amiss – I don’t usually put one in but I think it would go.

Bring to gentle simmer, add frozen baby broad beans, or French beans as an alternative. Swedish cinnamon bun recipe uk Cook gently till veg tender and the broth is coming together.

When it’s ready, taste and adjust seasoning. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe vanilla pudding Then add your fish cut into large chunks and gently heat through till fish is cooked. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe bread machine Serve with nice bread and some fresh herbs eg the fennel tops if you have any. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe copycat It’s lush ??

We’ve made this (and variations on it) multiple times now and it is really delicious and if you have left overs bake it the next day with breadcrumbs on top.

1 Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan, add half of the chopped walnuts and allow to brown. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe no yeast Spoon the nuts onto a plate and set aside.

2 Add the butter, onions and chopped sage to the pan and soften for 6-8 minutes.

3 Stir in the rice to absorb the cooking juices. Best soft cinnamon roll recipe Add the stock and the chopped squash, then simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

4 Switch off the heat, crumble in the Stilton, add the remaining chopped walnuts, cover and allow to finish cooking in its own heat for 5 minutes.

Otollenghi’s Smoky FrittataWe have decided to cook at least one new recipe a week as a challenge to ourselves and to use our recipe books.

The first one we’ve made is this frittata from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book ‘Plenty’. Soft cinnamon roll recipe This was a way to help use cauliflower when it is glutting at the allotment (or more likely when we’ve left it for too long in the fridge).

The smokiness comes from sweet paprika and smoked mozzarella (scamorza).

We followed the recipe and technique closely and it came out as it was meant to look, but both of us found the texture extremely strange. Cinnamon roll icing recipe powdered sugar It was spongey and a bit grainy.

After eating this we dissected this we decided we would just make a cauliflower frittata how we normally make frittata, without the creme fraiche but with the mustard in the eggs, and have all the smokey cheese on top.

Decision was we wouldn’t make this recipe as it is in the book again.

Cinnamon Bun CakeCinnamon buns are quintessentially Scandinavian, and you will find subtle variations on this tasty treat across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Cinnamon roll icing recipe cream cheese Perfect to share at brunch or afternoon tea.

1 Scald the milk by heating it in a small pan with the butter until almost boiling, then cool. Cinnamon roll icing recipe Scalding the milk makes the finished buns softer.

2 Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, sprinkle the dried yeast in and stir through. Big batch cinnamon rolls recipe If using fresh yeast, cream it with 1 tsp sugar in a small bowl. Big soft cinnamon roll recipe Once it is liquid (after about 30 seconds), add to the dry ingredients.

3 Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, add the egg, then the milk-butter mixture, which should be warm rather than hot to the touch, or you risk killing the yeast. Huge cinnamon roll recipe Stir until the mixture comes off the sides of the bowl and looks like a soft and slightly wet dough. Big texas cinnamon roll recipe Place the dough in a lightly oiled plastic bag or cover the bowl with lightly oiled clingfilm, and leave it to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

4 For the filling, cream the butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla salt together in a medium-size bowl. Best cinnamon roll filling recipe Butter a round 23cm diameter cake tin with sides at least 5cm high.

5 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle of about 35cm x 25cm. Cinnabon cinnamon roll filling recipe Spread the filling evenly over the dough, starting from the middle and working outwards. Gooey cinnamon roll filling recipe If the buttery mix is a little cold, use your hands to spread it, as the heat helps smooth the butter out. Cinnamon roll frosting recipes Roll the dough into a wide cylinder, rolling from one of the longer edges of the rectangle, so it looks like an uncooked swiss roll.

6 Cut the cylinder into seven slices, with one slice slightly smaller than the rest. Easy cinnabon cinnamon rolls recipe Place the smallest slice flat in the middle of the tin and evenly space the remaining six around it. Cinnamon roll dough recipe bread machine Cover the buns and leave to rise again in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until they have doubled in size. Cinnamon roll filling without butter You can test to see if they’ve proved enough by gently poking one bun with your little finger – the indentation should stay put.

7 Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Easy cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast Glaze the risen buns with beaten egg and sprinkle demerara or natural sugar crystalsover the top. Easy cinnamon bread recipe without yeast Splash a little water in the bottom of the oven to create steam to help the bun cake to rise. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast baking powder Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the base and looks golden brown. Cinnamon bun dough recipe for bread machine Allow to cool on a wire rack. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch This will last for a couple of days and freezes well.

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