Queenie of Collingwood, the Canny Granny, has over half a century’s experience in cooking family meals, special occasion dinners and obsessive afternoon tea with the ladies. Then cleaning up after them all.
Simple explanation of how to clean your fridge, your oven and everything in between, with tips on using potato peelings to clean pots, the easy way to keep your chopping boards clean (and hygenic), and instructions for making your own wool wash. Find these solutions and more in the cleaning category
Queenie presents basic cooking guides as well as more elaborate recipes, all tested in her own kitchen by two generations of fastidious nibblers.
Down to earth kitchen skills such how to poach an egg or how to make a pot of old-fashioned vegetable stock. It’s easy to cook sweet potatoes, parsnips and broadbeans but can you blanch some sugar snap peas? Plus the secret of how to cook a celeriac. You can browse the ‘How to Cook’ section here.
If you’re looking for one of Queenie’s old-fashioned recipes, you may like some ideas for one-dish dinners such as this Polenta, Cheese and Tomato Bake, a nice little pasty or the satisfying savoury zucchini slice. And next time you relax with a cuppa, make some perfect scones too.
Queenie has had a fondness for Slow Cookers since 1971 when she won a Crockpot in a church raffle. Are you new to Slow Cooking? Read these basic tips first. Try an old-fashioned Pot Roast or slow cook a lamb casserole. Perhaps you’d prefer to bake a delicious chocolate cake in the slow cooker. More ideas in the Slow Cooking Section
Life can be a little dull when you live in genteel poverty and Queenie livens up hers by following the incredible adventures of religious manifestations in the Holy World Tour. You just won’t believe it!
She gets out and about too, discussing politics with bus drivers, strange vegetables at the markets, and music with her younger neighbours.