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Lemon Loaf ~ Recipe

Lemons are always available in Country Matters Hexton, add a slice to your gin & tonic, did you know you can freeze lemon slices, and they keep for ages in the fridge?  Or you can make this delicious lemon loaf

Supplier Spotlight ~ Deck your Dollshouse


We have a selection of dollshouse furniture, most of this is not suitable for small children, and more of a decorative nature.  But some fun pieces.  

Once the items have gone they will not be replaced, once they are gone they are gone :) 

They are mostly 1/12 scale, this means that 1 inch represents 1 foot.

Supplier Spotlight ~ Gagmansbury Farm ~ Alpaca Wool

We have a stock of local alpaca wool, naturally coloured and soft and lightweight.  Gagmansbury Farm is just down the road in Pulloxhill.



At Country Matters Hexton, we collect our fresh fruit and veg on a Thursday and this will normally include carrots and wherever possible these will be as local as possible.  You can buy as many as you want and you can bring your own bag, or we will pop them in a brown paper bag.

Did you know that: 

  • Carrots were first grown as medicine.
  • They were originally purple, red, white, black or yellow.
  • They were imported to Europe in the 14th century, and into UK in the 15th century.
  • Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch to match the House of Orange.
  • In WW2 carrots were used to make marmalade and fizzy drinks.
  • Apparently weight-loss-friendly food, linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
  • Their carotene antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer.
  • There is an entire website dedicated to the carrot

And let's be frank they are excellent value, you can boil them, roast them, mash them, make soup bake them - would love to hear what you do with yours

Lovely carrot cake recipe here:

There is an entire museum devoted to the carrot (well virtual anyway)

and it tells you that:
"There are good reasons to include carrots in human diet, since they are enriched with carotenoids, phenolic compounds, polyacetylenes, and vitamins and by this reason they may help reduce the risk of some diseases. Experimental evidence has reported that these carrot compounds exert antioxidative, anticarcinogenic, and immunoenhancer effects. Anti-diabetic, cholesterol and cardiovascular disease lowering, anti-hypertensive, hepatoprotective, renoprotective, and wound healing benefits of carrot have also been reported. The mechanism by which these carrot compounds decrease the risk of some diseases is complex and sometimes largely unknown. The cardio- and hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects of carrot seed extracts are also noteworthy.

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Flapjacks ~ Recipe

You can be rest assured that we will have a supply of Scott's Porage oats - Helen's favourite.

Apart from hot porage and overnight porage, you can make flapjacks.

On the back of the pack there has been a recipe

This is my favourite recipe:
6oz (150gms) Butter or Margerine
4oz (100gms) brown sugar (or mix of different depending on the filling)
2oz (50gms) syrup - I find it less messy to weigh it
12oz (300gms) oats
cinnamon or mixed spice

then optionally add up to 8oz (100gms) your favourite dried fruit, chopped apricots, dates, walnuts, cherries.

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.

Supplier Spotlight ~ Piper Crisps

We have just started stocking Pipers Crisps, they are produced by 3 farmers based in Lincolnshire and have some interesting flavours including Chilli from Biggleswade.

Pickled Onions ~ Recipe


Autumn is upon us and the pickle season has started.  This week in Country Matters Hexton we have onions for pickling form not far away in Soham, Cambridgeshire.


At Country Matters not only do we have a good selection of local produce we generally have lemons.  Lemons are versatile and can be used in baking, preserves, cooking, cleaning and of course in your gin and tonic.  You can use the juice and the zest.

Supplier Spotlight ~ Ms Tee ~ Woodturner

Teraina (Ms Tee) is recently new to woodturning and is improving in leaps and bounds, and loves to take on a new challenge.  At Country Matters we have been stocking these fabulous pens for the last couple of years.