Garlic & chilli mushrooms

This is one of my hubby’s favourite sides.  He always uses so much garlic, chopped by hand so you get large lumps of garlic too!  We started adding fresh chillies because we like them.  It’s a simple recipe, honest! Melt some butter in a pan, chop your garlic and chillies up into sensible sized pieces…

“A bit of a pickle” Artisan pickle maker

We placed an order with an artisan pickle maker from Wales =D trading as “A Bit Of  A Pickle” and they’ve been trading since at least 2015, so we hope they continue to expand and enjoy their work! We make pickles, jams and chutneys of our own, so it’s not often we’re tempted to buy…

Purple powered lunch take 2!

Yes indeed, I loved this meal so much I made it again for my lunch today!  I made a few changes, being the “chilli-head” that I am, and mixed some chipotle chilli power in with the slaw (that addition rocked!) and I also had some fresh slices of a Serenade chilli today over the salad….

Purple powered lunch!

I’ve have had a purple inspired lunch today, with home made purple slaw and some “blushing pickled eggs” and home grown explosive ember chillies, absolutely divine! The pickled eggs are from a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s “Every Day Super Food” recipe book. Here’s a link to the book on amazon (click here), but it’s available…

Our “healthier” sausage, egg and chips

Sometimes you want comfort food, something you fondly remember from your childhood, which you know now is bad for you, but that little craving voice is still there…. May I introduce our healthier take on this British staple?!  Oven chips, the thick chunky ones, so there is more potato and less fat.  Two small sausages,…

Dreams of our woodland…

The expression “from little acorns, mighty oaks grow” is apt for this blog today! Hubby and I are passionate about many topics, one of which is food, another gardening as you already know, but also we hope, desire and dream of starting to grow a woodland somewhere that’s been deforested and is now being naturalised…

Savoury rhubarb and ginger jam

Always one to try something new, I spotted this recipe while researching what to make with my rhubarb yesterday, so gave it a go! The original recipe is here. It’s quick to prep and cook, which is always a bonus!  Here’s a picture of the ingredients in a pan. What changes did I make and…

Spiced ginger and rhubarb cake

I absolutely love rhubarb but hubby hates it!   I’ve tried this year to make some savoury items with it too, in the hope that we’d find something we both liked, but that’s sadly not worked for him.  All the better for me though, I can make what I like with it now and don’t have…

Boerewors sausage and potato salad

We tried one of these wonderful South African sausages last year while at a food festival in Nottingham.  We both loved it and went back to the vendors to thank them for bringing their food that day for us to try. When I spotted out local butcher was selling them, well, it would be rude…

Mini chocolate muffins & peanut butter middles

Celebrating today hitting a second weight-loss target and for me, that means cake (albeit a little one)!  Muffins fit the bill for this, they are easy to make, quick to bake and freeze well to boot! Standard chocolate muffin recipe, plain flour, coco powder, baking powder, caster sugar, 1 egg, vanilla essence, milk and oil. …