Pumpkin Soup

Posted on Oct 21, 2017 in Recipes
Pumpkin Soup

Recipe for another autumn favourite from GreenCity Wholefoods, a workers’ co-operative who bring us welcome supplies of delicious food from Glasgow every second Monday. If you wish to spice it up try adding a teaspoon full of Mr Vikki’s North Indian curry paste which is available in the shop. Recipe tried, tasted and approved by GreenCity […]


Date and Ginger Cake

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Recipes
Date and Ginger Cake

Perfect for fireside fare, this ginger cake recipe is an old favourite from GreenCity Wholefoods, a workers’ co-operative who bring us welcome supplies of delicious food from Glasgow every second Monday. You can buy all the ingredients you’ll need at Alston Wholefoods. If you are in the mood for warming ginger, we sell it in many forms: […]


Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

Posted on Sep 10, 2017 in Recipes
Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

This recipe is one of Nigella Lawson’s favourites. It is very quick and easy to make. The mushrooms also make a great salad, in which case increase the amount of mushrooms to 375g – leaving out the pasta but keeping the other ingredients the same. If all you can find are button mushrooms, this is still […]


Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 in News, Recipes
Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Simnel cake is traditionally eaten at Easter. It is a light fruit cake with the added bonus of a layer of cooked marzipan in the middle that gives it a lovely moist chewy texture. This recipe is based on Elizabeth Ayrton’s in her Penguin Handbook, The Cookery of England. All the ingredients are available from […]


Making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in News, Recipes
Making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

We have everything you need for making and filling your pancakes! For the Pancakes Local free-range eggs, butter and oils, fresh lemons and bottled juice, sugars and all sorts of flours, many organic, from Doves, Gilchesters, Shipton Mill and The Watermill, Little Salkeld, including: Wheat Spelt Buckwheat Rye Barley Gluten- free and Isabel’s gluten and […]


Spinach Stuffed Pancakes with Cheese Sauce

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in News, Recipes
Spinach Stuffed Pancakes with Cheese Sauce

I’ve had this many times and this is delicious any time of year, not just pancake day. This is a Delia Smith recipe. We sell everything you need, including the gorgeous Demeter Natural Cool frozen leaf spinach. Our nutmegs come from Indonesia and are wonderfully fragrant. You can choose from a range of our good cheddars; Barber’s […]


Hot Chocolate

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Recipes
Hot Chocolate

Snow is on the way. Time for luxuriously spiced hot chocolate. We sell cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and whole nutmeg. If you use our Montezuma 73% Dark Cooking Chocolate to make this hygge drink you won’t pay any VAT.     Recipe from The Hairy Bikers on BBC Foodtriedtomers


Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in News, Recipes
Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

A wonderfully rich and warmly spiced dish of pears poached in ginger wine. Definitely hygge food. Apart from the pears we sell everything you need, including Rochester’s Ginger Wine (non-alcoholic), lemons and all the spices, even saffron. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream – or both!   Recipe tried, tasted and approved by Holly, […]


Enjoy Hygge

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in News, Recipes
Enjoy Hygge

This winter we are indulging in hygge with recipes (see below) and our new window display. Hygge is Danish word, pronounced “heurgha”, that defies literal translation (though it may be a distant etymological cousin of the English word “hug”). It describes the feeling of pleasure one gets from cosy, gentle, soothing things: a log fire, […]


Apple and Almond Pudding

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 in News, Recipes
Apple and Almond Pudding

It’s apple season and we have some fine varieties of northern apples for sale in the shop, both cookers and eaters. Read more about their special qualities here.   This is a Delia Smith recipe.  It tastes delicious and is very easy to make. Serves 4-6 people. You will need a buttered pie dish approximately 1 ½ pint […]