Gillian's Larder

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We have a shelf inside the shop door full of recipe sheets. Customers can browse and take them home. Some are my family recipes, some are friends' and some have been given us by customers. It's a random collection, growing all the time.

Most of them are easy, and all of them are delicious!

If you'd like to see what we have, please take a look: click the recipe titles.


French bread
This a French French bread recipe. Our French bread flour is ideal for it, but any plain flour will do. Be sparing with the yeast; the amount suggested on the yeast packaging may make the bread taste yeasty. Please note: French bread will not keep—though you won't have trouble getting it eaten up quickly, even while it's still warm!

Sweet things

Cornish saffron buns
saffron bunYou can't get more Cornish than saffron buns. They're delicious buttered, with a unique flavour and a rich, yellow colour.

A simple recipe for plain, delicious, vanilla-flavoured biscuits. It's easy to adapt—into chocolate biscuits, for example.

Gluten-free shortbread
A melt-in-the-mouth summer delight! Shortbread's one of those oh-so-British treats. Here's a very simple recipe using gluten-free flour so everyone can enjoy it.

Continental Christmas cake
This scrummy cake is perfect for people who find the usual dark, soggy Christmas cake too heavy.

Traditional Christmas pudding
This is the best Christmas pudding recipe I know. It's not too heavy, it's just spicy enough, and with cream or custard, it's heavenly.

Coffee and walnut cake
It's easy, it's scrumptious, and everyone loves it: a light, fluffy coffee-rich sponge cake. Add some walnuts and it's a treat for the best Mum in the world.

Cornish fairings
These super spicy biscuits are a real treat, whether at a fairground or not! They are about as more-ish as can be.

Fruit oaties
"These oaties are yummy!" it says in my mother's handwriting on the side of this family recipe. And they really are: flapjacks with a little ginger and luscious fruit.

Gingerbread is a traditional favourite on Flora Day, Helston's ancient festival on May 8. Beware: it's very sweet! You may wish to reduce the sugar to taste.

Victorian honey cakes
This simple recipe is taken from Cassell's Dictionary of Cookery, dated 1888. The flavour combination of honey and nutmeg takes me straight back to my grandmother's kitchen!

Roaring 20s honey pudding
This luxurious but inexpensive pre-war recipe is one of 1,180 in May Byron's Pudding Book. it's a basic, low-cost stale-cake pudding recipe which you can flavour how you like. The icing on the pudding is the fruit sauce!

Millionaire's shortbread
It's easy, but its three parts take bit of preparation. However, it's worth it: it looks like a purchase from a patisserie, and its chocolate, caramel and shortbread layers are to drool over!

Russian cream
There are lots of recipes for Russian Cream, many using cream or sour cream, or both, but this is a real Cornish one (and more economical!).

Caraway seed cake
Why has caraway seed cake been out of fashion? It was a favourite when we were children—everyone says that! It's time to bring it back.

Main meals and savouries

Chilli mince bake
My old friend Kevin gave me this recipe for a tasty winter supper. It's by no means set in stone—add, leave out, alter as you choose!

Moroccan chicken tagine
A tagine is a sweet, spiced stew popular in north Africa, and the cone-topped casserole it's cooked in. This not a slow-cooked meat recipe though, so all you need is a saucepan. This dish for four is Moorish and more-ish.

Moroccan lamb tagine
A tagine is a sweet, spiced stew popular in north Africa, and the cone-topped casserole it's cooked in. An ordinary casserole is fine, however; but whichever you use, make sure it's OK on the hob. Otherwise use a lidded saucepan and serve in a bowl. This dish is a full-featured, slow-cooked meal for six. If you want to be really authentic, serve with couscous and Greek yoghurt. Moorish and more-ish.

Sticky chicky tagine
This dish is a gorgeous, luxurious meal for four: chicken in a sticky tomato, almond and honey sauce. If you can, cook it in a tagine, a north African, cone-topped, oven-to-table casserole that concentrates the flavours. Make sure yours is hob-safe. If you don't have a tagine, use a saucepan on the hob and a casserole in the oven. If you want to be really authentic, serve with couscous and Greek yoghurt.

Lemon and honey chicken skewers
Fast, sweet and nutty! There can't be an easier (or quicker) recipe than this, and the result is tasty-tasty-tasty!

Pasta with tuna sauce
Don't be frightened of pasta! It's easy, as well as being nourishing and delicious. It's an inexpensive hot meal for the family in minutes. These quantities are enough for two-three large helpings. Double up for the family.


Elderflower cordial
The sweetly scented flowers of the elder tree make a lovely aromatic cordial, perfect for diluting to make a delicious, refreshing, summer drink.

Real lemonade
Thirst-quenching, real lemonade beats manufactured drinks hands down. It's deliciously refreshing after a hot afternoon's gardening ... or just soaking up the sun!

Mulled wine
There are dozens of mulled wine recipes. Jamie Oliver's includes a vanilla pod; Delia's includes honey. All delicious, no doubt. My recipe is simpler—and warms the cockles of your heart.


Kitchen measures
Don't forget our handy guide to kitchen measures: temperatures F and C, weights imperial and metric, and lots more to make recipes easy-peasy!

How to save or print a recipe

If you like a recipe, please keep it and use it!

Click "Display the easy-print version" at the bottom of the recipe page.

When the printable version appears, left-click your browser header and you can save the recipe or print it.

I'd love to hear how you get on! You can email me at: gillian@

Good luck!