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Secret Society Blog

Mel’s Luscious Lemon Sponge

Alison Owens

“There’s nothing like getting together with a cuppa and a slice of cake and Mother’s day is the perfect excuse. This is one recipe that never fails to please - the cool creamy filling against the zing of the lemon curd is simply delicious.”

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Gloria's Glorious Garden – January

Alison Owens

You can start sowing seeds but be mindful, if it gets colder you may need extra protection for your little seedlings. Sometimes it is prudent to wait as plants grow when it's warm like now but a cold spell can damage so much and you could be back to nothing.”

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My Inspiration and ideas

Alison Owens

“People often ask me where I get all my ideas from and how I come up with them, for me they seem to pour out of my body every waking hour, they even wake me in the night and I have to get up to start making something!”

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Mel's Famous Mince Pies

Alison Owens

“Each year I made more batches for more people and eventually, three years ago, I racked up a whopping 80 dozen to bake in my tiny kitchen! So the following year I started handing out the recipe instead!”

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Mel’s Chocolate Crunch Cookies

Alison Owens

This is a great ‘get ahead’ for Christmas recipe. One batch makes a lot of cookies - perfect for boxing up to give as gifts or just to spread a little Christmas cheer. The dough can be made now, then popped in the freezer to bake near the time. 

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My Mum's Hexagon Heritage

Alison Owens

“My tip for any old or heritage quilt you have – don’t store them away in drawers and cupboard waiting for the day when you think you’ll have time to repair or restore family heirlooms, get them out, adapt them if you have to, get them quilted, use, love and admire – after all that is what they were made for!”

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Mel’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Alison Owens

This is the perfect comfort food! As the weather starts to cool down, there’s nothing like the smell of baking to make your home feel cosy. I love this recipe, as it needs very little effort, but makes two cakes, which makes it perfect for gift giving or freezing for another day.

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