Saturday, 20 October 2018

Scott's Porage Oats - overnight porage

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We now stock porage, it can be eaten hot or cold, and I do overnight oats several times a week, and was lovely during the summer months, eating on sunny mornings on the patio.

I find a nutella jar perfect for this, and it has a nice plastic lid for washing over and over.

Clearly you can put it in a bowl, but I like the jar, and no one can tip it over in the fridge, and in fact you can pop it in your bag and take it to the office.

I use the same quantity of oats as hot porage - half a cup of oats, half a cup of milk.  (I use a small glass).  you can add yoghurt instead of some of the milk or all of the milk.

Add strawberries (cut up), raspberries, banana, blueberries - what ever takes your fancy really, see the links below for many ideas.

lots of ideas here

slimming world

and a few more here

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Log burner at Country Matters Hexton

For many years we just had a few electric heaters around the place, after much saving we now have a log burner installed, and it is lit on cold days, so making the shop nice and cosy.  Now the weather has turned a bit chillier it will be lit.

There is also a fire in the tea rooms.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Spring Onion & Cheese Scones

We have spring onions in the shop this week, so thought I would make some savoury scones.

Perfect for lunch with pickle, salad and cheese, or with a bowl of soup.

Flour and onions available in the shop Hexton Country Matters

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I had a good search around and combined several recipes and it seemed to work OK.
simple ingredients: self raising flour, butter, milk, egg and then cheese and spring onion.  Added flavourings such as mustard powder or paprika, but try without if you don't have any

This is what I used
225 gms Self Raising flour
75gms butter

- rub these together so that they resemble fine breadcrumbs, then add 6 finely chopped spring onions and half a teaspoonful of mustard powder (or try paprika, or just salt and pepper if you don't have any of that)

Then add 75gms of grated cheese

Mix together then add
1 beaten egg and top up this with milk to make up 125mls in total, save a tiny drop and brush this on the top of the scones before baking.

Lightly knead together.

Make into a 2.5 cms thick, I just gently flattened with hand.

Then use a round cutter to make 6 scones, or just cut this into 6 triangles, brush the tops with the reserved egg/milk mix
and bake for 12 minutes at 200c/400f/gas mark 7

or you could make into a round and mark it into 6 - and bake for slightly longer.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Scott's Porage Oats - porage

Did you know we are stocking Porage oats (or is it Porridge oats).  A perfect start to the day especially on a winters morning.

I have got my porage making down to a fine art, I have found a glass that is just the right size for me (approximately half a cup)

I do mine in the microwave - so choose a bigger bowl than you would normally have.

I do one measure of this first when the glass is dry, and then one of milk and then one of water.  Now this is clearly depending on taste and you can do all milk if your prefer.  I use semi skimmed.

Then stir, put in the microwave for one minute - do not leave it for more than this as it may boil over.

Stir and do for another minute, or until you see it rising up.

With quality oats like these they will be soon done, I would suggest another minute or so - you will see what you like.

You can add sugar, honey, dried fruit fresh fruit - whatever takes your fancy.

Don't forget we have honey in the shop too.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Scott's Porage Oats - flapjacks

Did you know we are stocking Porage oats (or is it Porridge oats).

On the back of the packet there is a recipe to make flapjacks, these are so easy to do, great to make with the children or grandchildren.

The recipe below suggests using ginger, but you can swap this for cinnamon or mixed spice, or leave out.

You can add dried fruit, chopped apricots, dates, walnuts.

I have even added a mashed banana if there has been an over ripe one in the fruit bowl.

I found it best to line my tin with baking paper/parchment (do not use greaseproof it sticks to it), and cut into pieces when still slightly warm.

You can pretty much put in any shaped tin, and could even dip into chocolate and put in fancy bags for Christmas presents - who doesn't love a handmade gift.

For reference this is my tried and tested recipe and it fitted into two 7 inch tins

6oz (150gms) Butter or Margerine
4oz (100gms)brown sugar (or mix of different depending on the fillng)
2oz (50gms) syrup - I find it less messy to weigh it
12oz (300gms) oats

up to 8oz (100gms) of added ingredients 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Afternoon Tea

We all love cake don't we ????  Dainty finger sandwiches too especially if served up on fine bone china plates with tea served from a teapot and not a teabag dunked in a mug !! Did you know that traditional afternoon tea was started not a million miles from us here in Hexton.

Afternoon tea was introduced in Britain in the early 1840s by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who found that she became hungry around 4 o'clock and could not last until dinner which was traditionally served late at around 8 o'clock.  What a perfect way to fill that gap.

Last week I was very fortunate to be treated to a Gin Afternoon Tea on a London bus which took us on a tour of our wonderful capital city …. the weather was very kind to us and the service from Bridget B's of Covent Garden was perfect.


Here at Country Matters we have all you will need to set up your very own afternoon tea for a special occasion or just to spoil yourself.  We have an array of pretty vintage china tea trios, tea pots, tea cosies, cake stands, cake & pastry forks, bunting, vintage glass, napkins, table covers and tea spoons.  Helen also has most of the ingredients in the village store area of the shop to make the perfect Victoria Sandwich cake including freshly laid local free range eggs and there is the perfect jam for the filling again made locally by Jane of TLHC.

You can also treat yourself to one of Gail's renowned afternoon teas in The Lavender Tea Room attached to the Country Matters Shop.  These need to be pre-booked with Gail and you will not be disappointed - the best afternoon tea in Hertfordshire !

We are back open for business tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10.30 a.m. till 4.30 p.m.

It would be lovely to see you.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

More about our knitting & crochet

Following on from Carolyn’s post regarding yarn here are a few more photos of the handmade knitted and crocheted items we stock at Country Matters ….. beautifully made by our talented local makers including Dawn, Debbie, Dolly, Nicki, Janet, Sue, Helen and Suzanne. 

Blankets, cushions, cardigans and with autumn and winter approaching we are beginning to stock cozy hats, gloves, mittens, wrist warmers and scarves for adults, children and babies. We stock a range of Robin and Wendy yarns and I’m sure Helen would be pleased to receive any suggestions for new additions to the range. We have knitting needles , crochet hooks, stitch markers, stitch counters, Pom Pom makers and lots of vintage patterns.

Our free drop in crochet/knitting skills workshop is on a Thursday morning starting at 11.00 a.m. - please feel free to join us to share your current project or start a new one. This is an informal friendly session and all are welcome .... if you cannot make a Thursday morning please let us know what times would be more suitable for you. Hope to see you soon for a knit, natter and a cuppa.