Weekend Cooking: Duchy Originals Cookbook

duchy_origEver since I tasted Duchy originals lemon curd I was in love with the products.

On my last trip to the library I came across this Duchy Originals Cookbook and took it home without even looking inside. I knew there would probably be a lot of meat recipes in there but that didn’t matter. I just wanted to have a closer look at it. And I am glad I did.

The book is divided into four seasonal chapters with sub chapters like lambs or the forest in spring, bread or bees and honey in summer, jam or salmon in autumn and cheese, sausages or chocolate in winter.

The foreword is written by Prince Charles, who founded Duchy Originals twenty years ago, then we learn about the history and philosophy of the company. Some of those are the promotion of sustainable and organic farming, producing food in a traditional manner and working according to the cycle of nature.

It is an absolutely lovely book with beautiful pictures, interesting articles and very yummy recipes. Even though I only looked at the vegetarian ones I found plenty of dishes I want to try out.

The one I did try out right away are the granola bars. 

Granola Bars with organic honey


Frame by Audrey Neal. 


  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 25 g pumpkin seeds
  • 25 g sunflower seeds
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 75 g organic honey (preferably Duchy Originals, but any kind will do)


Preheat oven to 150°C.

Mix rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and sugar in a bowl.

Melt butter together with honey and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Line a baking dish with baking paper and pour mixture into it. Even it out and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Take out of the oven and cool down completely. Take off paper and cut into bars.

They keep in an airtight container for about a week.

I didn’t have bought pumpkin seeds but a Hokkaido pumpkin instead and wanted to roast my own seeds, but it didn’t work out. They burnt in the end, but I am not sure they would have turned out ok even if they hadn’t.

If anyone has a few tips on how to roast your own pumpkin seeds I would be grateful.

Anyway, I ended up using twice the amount of sunflower seeds instead and that worked, too. The bars are super nice, a bit on the sweet side, so I suppose you could cut down on the sugar a little. 

The veggie factor

Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) I didn’t count, and I could be way off, but I reckon about 75%/25%
Worth it? Yes, definitely. In spite of the veggie factor.

Product info and buy link :

Title Duchy Originals Cookbook
Author Johnny Acton & Nick Sandler
Publisher Kyle Cathie Limited
ISBN 9781904920694
I got this book from the libary
Buy link Buy Duchy Originals Cookbook

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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  1. Are you vegan (and so are your kids)? I have lots of problems eating vegetables and fruits so I’m very interested on your recipes for your chilren, Rikki.

    I’ve never had granola bars but many people love them. These seem easy to make which is highly important since I’m terrible at cooking.
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    • Me and John went vegetarian a couple of years ago (I could never do vegan), but the kids eat meat. I am not cooking full meat meals at home, but we have meat stuff in the house for their lunch boxes, if they get a craving I cook them something meaty to go with our veggie dishes. And they also eat regular meat meals at school. When they are older they can choose for themselves whether they want to contoinue eating meat or not.

      Yes, those granola bars is very easy to make.


  2. Those granola bars look delicious! And the cookbook cover makes me want to dive in. Love that it’s seasonally organized, too. So helpful when you’re a farmer’s market shopper like me! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. The concept of this book sounds so interesting! Once upon a time Prince Charles was laughed at for all his ideas, but these days it seems he might have been right!


    • The post that Joy pointed out really helps. I will def. try the roasting again.
      No, I don’t think the meat recipes are adaptable, they are typical meat dishes, goose, sausages, lamb chops and what not.


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