Fruited Cornbread With Macadamias Recipe

With the summer season upon us, treat the whole family to freshly made home-baked loaves for picnics and barbeques.

Fruited Cornbread with Macadamias

Ingredients for one loaf or 8-9 small rolls

  • 220g flour (strong wheat)
  • 5g yeast
  • 5g salt
  • 20g raw cane sugar
  • 90g polenta (see description below of how to prepare)
  • 55g macadamia nuts
  • 80g milk
  • 90g jumbo raisins


  1. First of all make up your polenta. Bring 670g of water to the boil and whisk in the polenta – leave to cool before use.
  2. Mix the flour, yeast, salt, raw sugar (such as Demerara), polenta and milk to form a dough.
  3. At the last stage, add the Macadamias and sultanas and mix in well so they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  4. Leave to stand for two hours (the dough will have doubled in size leaving you over 500g for a loaf or two little ones).
  5. Shape by flattening the dough and then fold over length ways before rounding into a smooth ball.
  6. Leave the dough to stand in a warm, draft free place for about 45 minutes.
  7. Dust with flour and slash 3 cuts in each direction at 90 degrees and place on a greased baking tray.
  8. Bake in the oven at 220-225°C for 25-35 minutes.

To make small rolls, use approximately 50g portions and mould in the same the way.

Macadamia nuts are also high is beneficial monounsaturated fats which are proven to help reduce bad cholesterol levels as well as being a good source of protein and fibre. Further information and research about the health benefits of Macadamia nuts is available from the Macadamia Advice Centre website at or by calling the helpline for more information on 020 7436 8800.

Do you have any good bread recipes or recipes using macadamia nuts that you would like to share?

Enter your email address to receive regular emails with posts from the farmingfriends website:
Delivered by FeedBurner

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

As a former teacher and now a farmer’s wife and farmer/smallholder myself, I love books that are fun but still manage to educate children about food, animals or farming. I was delighted to come across The Foodies set of books written by Joanne Roach.

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

“The Foodies Books are a series of 12 illustrated stories for children aged under eight. The books are set in a veggie patch with a different story for each month of the year. In each story the fruit and vegetable characters are in season in the UK during that month. They are a gentle, fun way to get children more used to how basic British fruits and vegetables look and grow, and how the seasons affect our food. Each book also contains some factual information (written by children) and a seasonal recipe which your child can tackle with very little adult help.” Source: The

When I visited the site I was delighted by the video previewing September’s book, “Blackberry’s Sunbathing Day.” I found the story amusing, the language used was interesting and the illustrations are bright and fun.

The Foodies books can be bought individually for £1.99 or a box set of all 12 books for £20.  There are also The Little Foodies Club packages for families, childminders or groups/schools.

The Foodies Books Box Set

The Foodies Books Box Set

I am definately going to be buying my nephew this set of books for Christmas or the family package so that he can receive  a certificate, badge and membership card, and a personally addressed pack every month with the Book Of The Month plus veggie gardening tips, seasonal foods list, colouring sheet, puzzle and activity idea.

Strawberry Picking On Strawberry Farm

This week I was shown round the local strawberry and raspberry farm by the owner.

Punnet Of Freshly Picked Strawberries

Punnet Of Freshly Picked Strawberries

It was interesting to see the different varieties of strawberries at the different stages of growth and how they are grown. The strawberries are grown in poly tunnels and have been planted in grow bags and then placed on a shelf at about head height. As the plants grow and the fruits form, the strawberries will dangle down making picking easy.

I was asked if I wanted to go and do a few hours fruit picking on Sunday but unfortunately I was poorly so my husband went intead. He managed to do about 100 punnets in 2 hours which I thought was good going. He explained that you have to leave a bit of a stalk on the fruit and so you have to dig your nail into the stalk and then twist inorder to get the strawberry to come off. after two hours Steve said his fingers were aching but he could sooth himself with a punnet of the delicious strawberries that we were given.

Lemon Curd Recipe Using Duck Eggs

Lemon curd is a favourite at our house and as I have an abundance of duck eggs which can be used to make lemon curd here is the lemon curd recipe.


  • 2 lemons
  • 2 duck eggs
  • 7oz of castor sugar
  • 1oz of margarine


  1. Crack eggs and whisk the eggs.
  2. Grate the rind of the 2 lemons, cut in half and squeeze.
  3. Add the juice and rind of the lemons to the eggs as well as the sugar and margarine.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Bring the ingredients to the boil.
  6. Pour lemon curd into sterilised jars.

Makes a jar of lemon curd.

Harvesting Medlars

This weekend I harvested the medlars on our tree.


  • Medlars can be harvested at the end of October and through November.
  • Once harvested the fruit should be left in a box in a cool dry place until they turn a dark reddish brown and become soft and juicy.
  • This ripening process is known as “bletting” the medlars.
  • When the medlars are ripe the fruit can be used to make medlar jam, jelly, wine or cheese.

Click on this link for more information about medlars.

Click on the image below to go to for more information about this book or visit the Farming Friends Book Shop to go to

Fruits of the Hedgerow and Unusual Garden Fruits: Gather Them, Cook Them, Eat Them

  1. I made medlar jelly lasy year, it is gorgeous and I recommend you try it. We use it with any, yes, any roast meat, very, very scrummy. Sadly I have no medlars this year so may ask on recycle if anyone has any??Comment by Libby – November 8, 2007 @ 8:03 am
  2. Hi Libby, Thanks so much for recommending medlar jelly. I look forward to making it when the medlars are ripe. Any tips would be useful. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 8, 2007 @ 8:42 am
  3. Hi SaraI LONG for a medlar tree, because Libby’s quite right, medlar jelly is wonderful with roast meat – esp venisonLooking forward to hearing about your version.


    Comment by Joanna – November 8, 2007 @ 9:12 am

  4. Hi Joanna, I was lucky enough to inherit the medlar tree. Thanks for the tip about serving medlar jelly with venison. I like venison so I will certainly be trying that.
    Thanks for dropping by and commenting. sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 8, 2007 @ 9:53 am
  5. Oh you are so lucky to have a medlar tree. I have never even seen one around here!Comment by Cottage Smallholder – November 12, 2007 @ 8:58 am
  6. Hi Cottage Smallholder,
    I had never seen a medlar until I came to the farm four years ago. I look forward to making medlar jelly.
    Thanks for your comment and visit. Sara from farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 12, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

Raspberry Canes Planted

Back in November 2007 I received some raspberry canes as a gift from my cousin and his wife as a thank you for letting them stay with us in the Summer when they were over from Australia.

We planted the canes and added some straw on top of the soil to help retain moisture, keep the weeds down and to warm the soil.

I am looking forward to lovely raspberries in the Summer, so thank you Derek, Suzie and Charlotte, a very thoughtful gift that will be much enjoyed. They are a welcome addition to our flood damaged veg garden.

Strawberry Plants – Green Thumb Sunday

Although the recommendation is to plant strawberry plants in late Autumn, I have just planted three elsanta strawberry plants that I recently purchased from a local garden centre.

Which variety of strawberries do you grow?

Any advice on how to look after the strawberry plants through the Winter would be appreciated.

Green Thumb Sunday Logo


Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit As The Garden Grows for more information.

Damson Chutney

At the weekend I made damson chutney following the excellent recipe from Fiona @ The Cottage Smallholder.

Here are the ingredients in the pan before the four hour simmer!

Damson Chutney Ingredients

Damson Chutney Ingredients

This is the ingredients after a four hour simmer.

Damson Chutney Ingredients Simmering In The Pan

Damson Chutney Ingredients Simmering In The Pan

Here is a jar of the damson chutney.

Damson Chutney

Damson Chutney

This damson chutney looks delicious – my thanks go to my mother in law and my friends Cherie & Neil for providing the damsons and Fiona for the recipe. I can’t wait to tuck in. It was Neil’s birthday the other day so I gave him a jar for his birthday and he said it tasted delicious. So don’t delay try this recipe today.

If you fancy making more chutney then checkout the fantastic courgette and green tomato chutney recipe.

Nutritional Value Of Apples

Apples are a fruit that are a good source of;

vitamin C,
vitamin A,
and dietary fibre.

The nutritional value of apples will vary slightly depending on the variety and size of the apple.

Other Health Benefits

Low in calories.
No cholesterol in apples.
No sodium in apples.

Click on the image below to go to for more information about this book or visit the Farming Friends Book Shop to go to

Success with Apples and Pears to Eat and Drink: A Practical Gardeners' Guide to Varieties, Husbandry, Harvesting, Storing & Making Juices, Cyder and Perry