which goes first....

....cream or jam?  The age old question that I am sure most of us discuss when we indulge in the great British tradition of cream teas

With Wimbledon season (and the British summer) here, it only seems right to share this traditional Be-Ro scone recipe with you

Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 450g Organic Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Organic Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 300ml Organic Milk
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traditional Be-Ro scone recipe

....cream or jam?

Some of our favourite organic suppliers:

Method

  1. Start by pre heating your oven to 180degC

  2. Chop the Organic Unsalted Butter into approximately 20mm cubes and place into your mixer

  3. Add half of the Organic Self Raising Flour and mix until you have a breadcrumb like mixture

  4. Whilst continuing to mix, add the remaining Organic Self Raising Flour and Organic Milk, a little at the time, until you have a slightly sticky dough.  Note: you may need to add a little more Organic Self Raising Flour/Organic Milk to achieve the correct consistency

  5. Roll the dough out to a thickness of 25mm and cut your scones, using a cookie cutter, to approximately 65mm in diameter.  Note: if you don't have a cookie cutter, a glass of a similar size will be absolutely fine

  6. Place on a lined tray and brush the tops with milk before baking for 30 minutes

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roll the dough

to a thickness of 25mm

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cut your scones

to approximately 65mm in diameter

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bake for 30 minutes

allow to cool or enjoy warm

Once baked, either allow to cool or enjoy warm....maybe with a large dollop of clotted cream, topped with seedless strawberry jam and a side of fresh strawberries?

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Finally, if you have any questions, please comment below and don't forget to share your delicious bakes with us over on social media @bakerycakerybox

Bakery Cakery | Kiara

unwanted visitors

A few weeks ago I promised a blog post on how to naturally keep those pesky slugs and snails at bay....here it is

I do not know how they can eat so much but I do know that they can destroy a bed of potatoes (amongst other things) overnight 

There are many options out there but only a few that I have found to be successful

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slugs and snails

they can destroy a bed of potatoes (amongst other things) overnight

The most effective solution has been copper tape....wrap it around your gro-sack, pots and raised beds but be aware, you may need to double up the tape to stop the really big slugs

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copper tape

the most effective solution

There are also two nuisance (for the slugs and snails) options that work well alongside the copper tape....gravel and roofing felt

To slugs and snails it is a little like walking barefoot on a stoney beach....we only really do it if we have to

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gravel

a nuisance option that works well alongside the copper tape

The longer you make the journey to the gro-sacks, pots and raised beds the more effective it will be

A final little tip....I have found that slugs and snails are less fond of red potatoes so maybe give red duke or desiree a try

Bakery Cakery | Kiara

kick start your seed growing

This year I decided to be brave (and patient) and grow some of my vegetables from seed.  I have made numerous mistakes along the way, although they do say that mistakes are proof that you are trying, however I am pleased to say that I now have lots of healthy looking plants

Here are my top three tips to kick start your seed growing:

mini munch cucumber

less is more

tiny seeds will turn into giant plants

one: less is more

I started growing seeds with the thought that only 20% will actually grow.  That wasn't the case, it was more like 90% and I have now been overtaken by tomato plants....25 of them

So, I would recommend purchasing a good plant propagator and being aware when sowing, tiny seeds turn into giant plants

seedlings

gently does it

ift your seedlings by their leaves

two: gently does it

When your seeds become seedlings and are ready for their first repotting remember to lift your seedlings by their leaves.  They are very fragile at this stage so lifting them by their stems will likely cause the roots to break off....I unfortunately learnt this the hard way

seedlings

slowly up the housing ladder

don't overwhelm your seedlings

three: slowly up the housing ladder

When repotting your little seedlings and plants, slowly increase their pot size, even if that means repotting four or five times.  Just imagine, if we moved from a studio flat in the city to a five bedroom house in the countryside, we would feel a little overwhelmed....they are the same, so take it slowly 

Good luck and as always feel free to comment below with any questions

Bakery Cakery | Kiara

potatoes and gro-sacks go together like peas in a pod

If I was asked to recommend one thing for anyone to grow, whether you are just starting out or an experienced allotmenteer, it would be potatoes....the number one vegetable crop in the world and....the resistant starch, found in cooked and cooled potatoes, is considered a superfood for your gut, what more could you want?

Don't have space for a vegetable patch?  Not keen on digging?  This is where gro-sacks come into play....if I am honest, I have the room to grow my potatoes in the ground, but I still use my trusty gro-sacks from Marshalls Seeds....why?  Well, I don't have to dig the ground over (which is really hard work), I can move the gro-sacks around the garden throughout the year, I have more control over the soil quality (no stones), when I am ready to harvest my potatoes, I can tip the bag upside down and there is no risk of spearing my best potato with my spade....the list goes on but I think you get the idea

So, where to start....you need to pick your potato variety....you will find a great guide at 'potatoes more than a bit on the side', whether you prefer your potatoes fluffy, smooth or in a salad

Next, purchase your tubers (aka seed potatoes; very similar to what you would buy from the supermarket, but certified virus-free)....you will be able to find these in most garden centres and even some supermarkets.  However, if you are looking to purchase online, I can recommend Marshalls Seeds, Suttons Seeds and Sarah Raven.

This is where the growing starts....place your tubers into an egg box (with the lid off) in a light, frost free environment to chit (aka sprout).  Once you have 2-3 good chits (aka sprouts) it is time to get them in your gro-sacks.  Put a good 10cm (4") of organic compost in the bottom of your gro-sack and place your tubers into the soil, approximately 4 per bag, then cover with a further 5cm (2") of organic compost

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chitting potatoes

once you have 2-3 good sprouts it is time to get them in your gro-sacks

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planting tubers

cover with a further 5cm (2") of organic compost

You may have noticed my homemade irrigation system here....the one downside to gro-sacks (okay there is one) is that it is difficult to ensure the water soaks all the way to the bottom of the bag....this will unfortunately effect the quality and quantity of your harvest.  This problem can be easily solved with a drain pipe and a drill (if you don't have either of these, let me know, I am sure we can knock something up for you)

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homemade irrigation system

all you need is a drain pipe and a drill

Now it is time to watch and wait.  As the leaves start to grow, slowly add more soil (aka earthing up) until you eventually get to the top of your bag.  Variety dependant, you will be able to harvest your potatoes either during or after flowering

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potatoes and gro-sacks go together....

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....like peas in a pod

I shall leave you with one thought....watch out for those pesky slugs.  I will give you some ideas for keeping them away very soon.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to comment below

Bakery Cakery | Kiara

there is no space too small

Welcome to my new blog, 'GROW', where I will be providing you with 'grow your own' advice, giving you an insight into to our local producers and walking you through some special recipes from the garden....we don't want all of that produce to go to waste

For those who are completely new to 'grow your own', before we jump into how to get growing, you need to identify your space.  I regularly hear people say, 'I would love to grow my own but I just don't have any/enough outdoor space'.  Fear not, you can start as small as a windowsill in your home to gro-sacks, pots or hanging baskets outside your front door or even as far as an allotment and greenhouse

Here are a few images for inspiration but also take a look at our pinterest board, 'there is no space too small'

crocheted hanging baskets

crocheted hanging basket

Soul Made Home, Etsy

the original grow-sack

the ORIGINAL gro-sack

Marshalls Seeds

lean-to greenhouse

wall frame greenhouse

Access Gardens Products

wooden greenhouse

wooden greenhouse

AB Timber Products

I shall give you some time to have a think about your space but if you have any questions, please comment below

I will be back soon with my first 'grow your own' suggestion

kiara