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Greengages are a sweet and juicy type of dessert plum that range in colour from yellow to dark-green, and can be speckled with burgundy. They have a soft, delicate, aromatic flesh that are best appreciated raw.


They have a very short season in August and September. When bought from shops and markets, it’s impossible to tell until you bite into it whether it is ripe or not. They are worth poaching and freezing for later in the year, if not store at room temperature and eat as soon as possible after purchase.

If cooking with greengages, crème fraîche or Greek-style yoghurt will enhance their natural sweetness. Vanilla and almond will complement their flavour in a pie, crumble or sponge. Or if you want to turn it into a preserve, add lemon juice to help them set.

Plum Sponge

If you want to give greengages a try, this Steamed Plum Sponge with Cinnamon Custard recipe from BBC’s James Martin should have you heading out on the hunt for greengages.

For more information on the plums, there’s an article featured in The Independent.

Father’s Day

What better gift for dad on Father’s Day than cooking him something special? Get creative in the kitchen to show that special man in your life how much you care.

Spoil him rotten with breakfast in bed, a lunchtime treat or light the barbecue for a laid-back evening.

Today, we share some recipes ideas with you…

Breakfast – Traditional Full English

Father's Day - Full English

What man doesn’t enjoy a big fry-up of sausages, bacon, eggs, toast and butter? This Father’s Day make it a really special treat by serving it to dad in bed with a steaming mug of tea or freshly-squeezed fruit juice.

Lunch – Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Father's Day - Steak

Nothing is more masculine than a juicy grilled steak. Served with a picquant South American sauce comprised of parsley, oregano, garlic and chilli. This mouthwatering meal will leave your dad smiling as he leaves the dinner table. Don’t forget the chips…homemade are always the best!

Dinner – Pizza on the Barbecue

Father's Day - Pizza

If weather permits, lighting the barbecue is a perfect idea for a chilled out alfresco dinner. The traditional trimmings are always a favourite, particularly if you take cooking duty off your father’s hands. But why not try a pizza on the barbecue?

The heat of a hot barbecue is perfect for making pizza, coming in a close second to an Italian pizza oven. Provide a selection of your dad’s favourite toppings and let him create his own pizza masterpiece.

Dessert – Marmalade and Whisky Bread and Butter Pudding

Father's Day - Bread and Butter

Take your dad’s tastebuds back to his school days with this traditional dessert. The marmalade and whisky twist make this the ultimate grown-up comfort food and will be perfect after evening drinks.

So, what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen and show your dad that you appreciate him this June 16th with some tastebud tantalising recipes.

Oatcake Day

Apparently today is Oatcake day. If this conjures up horrific images of soggy old Staffordshire oatcakes dripping with oil, think again!

A lovely, healthy alternative to a sandwich, oatcakes can be healthy, tasty and delicious.

We have found some fantastic recipe ideas for you to try –

~Fried egg, rosemary and garlic~

~Apple and walnut salad~

~Tomato, cucumber and butter~

~Rocket & Parmesan~

~Sausages and onion, egg and sage~

~Caramelised onion and sage omelette~

~Lettuce, goat’s cheese and honeycomb~

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