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Today we went to a garden centre near Sevenoaks.The reason was to buy more slate for the bottom of the garden.Our garden is not very big,but I am sure by now we must have shares in a Walsh quarry!There was also a food and produce market all from Kent.It is always good to support locals,we try to do so on the Broads as well.One of the stands had Cobnuts,I have to admit I have never tried them before.The guy said when young they are fairly milky after a time the nutty flavour kicks in.


Try this (make at home,cook on the boat).Apple,sultanas and nut tart


Make sweet pastry

100g unsalted butter

50g icing sugar,sifted

50g caster sugar

250g plain flour

one large egg lightly beaten

Using a wooden spoon mix together the butter and sugar,once they are light and fluffy add the flour and egg,taking care not to overwork the pastry,cover and place in the fridge for about half an hour.

Using about 3/4 cooking apples and add 1 eating apple or pear,peel dice and cook with a little butter,when it starts to soften add a good hand full of sultanas,soft brown sugar and about a level dessert spoon of ground coriander.Once mixture is cooked,take off the heat.Chop or blend some cobnuts,or walnut,pecan etc whatever you like.Lighty roast adding to you mixture.Roll out and line your tin fill and cover with a lid,egg wash and lighty dust with caster sugar.Cook for about half an hours.Serve with custard or icecream.


If you wish replace the pastry with a crumble mix.Both of which are good.This time of year there are plenty of free food available blackberries are everywhere.


Best wishes Ian









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