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Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

Perfect for celebratory gatherings, this rich, moist cake will keep for several months if you can hide it away from raiding fingers.

Stir-fried Squid with Chilli and Fresh Ginger

Stir-fried Squid with Chilli and Fresh Ginger

Rings of tender squid are briefly stir-fried with garlic, chilli and fresh colourful vegetables in this speedy dinner dish. Take care not to overcook the squid as it has a tendency to toughen if cooked for too long. Serve with basmati rice.

Rose Sparkle

Rose Sparkle

A refreshing cocktail recipe with champagne and fruit chunks.

Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup

Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup

This mild, richly flavoured soup is great winter comfort food.

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gardening tips

Gardening Tips You Should Ignore

Five myths that you and your plants would be better off disregarding.

5 Bad Financial Decisions You Need to Stop Making

Everyone’s looking for ways to save money – but it’s often much easier than you think. You don’t necessarily need to drastically overhaul your lifestyle; sometimes it’s as simple as cutting back in basic ways.

Cutting Holes in Plasterboard

Cutting Holes in Plasterboard

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming parts of fixing plasterboard is cutting holes for electrical outlets and light fittings. Here's how to cut perfect holes, first time.

How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Cucumbers have been cultivated for about 3000 years, with many different varieties being developed from four closely related species to suit different tastes and uses. The fruit ranges from the tiny pickling cornichon of France and the common green cucumber to the related African horned cucumber, or kiwano, and the sweet Armenian cucumber.

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How to Grow Currants

How to Grow Currants

Blackcurrants are hardy shrubs, easy to grow and long-lived in cool climate districts. The dark, acid berries are richer in vitamin C than almost any other garden fruit. Redcurrants and white currants are close relatives, although they have a different growth habit. They, too, are long-lived in the garden and highly productive.

How to Build a Brick Letterbox

How to Build a Brick Letterbox

How to build a permanent front yard concrete and brick letterbox around the water meter

How to Grow Olives

How to Grow Olives

The olive (Olea europaea) is a small tree native to the coastal Mediterranean region, where it has been grown for at least 5500 years. Trees can be extraordinarily ancient - some have been authenticated as reaching 1500 years old.

How to change a halogen globe

How to change a halogen globe

How to replace a halogen downlight bulb.

The Best Ways to Clean Showers and Baths

The Best Ways to Clean Showers and Baths

Some chemicals are absorbed through the skin, so avoid using bleaches and tough abrasives in the bathroom. If you or a family member has allergies to chemicals, try cleaning the room with a gentle shampoo. Other mild detergents, like dishwashing liquid will also work well on tiles and porcelain, especially in conjunction with a fine scouring pad.

How to Grow Artichokes

How to Grow Artichokes

Everything you need to know about growing your own artichokes..

cats love boxes

Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

We all know that cats love boxes. But why?

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