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Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial is free food, elderflowers grow on hedgerows from June to mid July in England, so all you need is a sunny day (elderflowers have a better aroma and consequently better flavour if picked when it's sunny) and a pair of scissors.

Christmas Muffin Mix

This is a fab gift to give as a present, make sure you write on a label the instructions below

Italian Stuffed Peaches or Plums

Deliciously ripe peaches stuffed with amaretti biscuits and almonds and baked until juicy. This works with ripe peaches or unripe ones, just cook the unripe peaches for a little longer until softened. Plums work just as well, double the quantity of plums as they're usually smaller

Despicable Me Rainbow Minion Cake

Despicable Me birthday cake with rainbow sponge, made for my son's 11th birthday, here's how to do it

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

This knocks the socks of the normal variety; it’s much healthier too.

Homemade Beefburgers

Making beefburgers yourself guarantees that they are made with the minced meat of your choice, you can use beef, lamb, pork, venison, turkey and flavour them accordingly.

Quick Low Fat Refrigerator Mincemeat

This recipe doesn’t involve any cooking or fat so the mincemeat will need to be stored in the fridge to prevent the apple from fermenting

Traditional Mincemeat

Homemade mincemeat is amazing, cheat and buy the pastry if you must but never cheat on the mincemeat you will notice the difference.

Macaroon Mince Pies

You will need 1 quantity of mincemeat, homemade is much, much nicer than shop bought, it's very quick to make and you can choose between my Traditional Mincemeat and Quick Low Fat Refrigerator Mincemeat and 1 quantity of sweet shortcrust pastry.

Pear and Frangipane Tart

These are a firm favourite when holidaying in France, you could use stone fruit such as peaches, nectarines or plums instead of pears if they're in season and ripe