Basa fillet, potato, beetroot tray bake

This is such a simple dish with beautiful flavours, lightened by lemon zest and fresh basil leaves. We found a beetroot hiding on our allotment plot which was a “legacy” from the previous owner.  We had a quick look at the ingredients available at home and this fit the bill.  We used a different fish,…

Spiced pheasant burger!

Super tasty and very filling little burger to scoff.  Pheasant is naturally low in fat so you’ll need to add some pork mince to it too, so you can choose then how much fat you add in. We made these burgers last year for the first time and they were so so tasty we made…

Gumbo, made with what I had!

Gumbo in the slow cook for us tonight and more than enough leftovers for tomorrow too! This is a lovely stew and you have it poured over rice if you like.   100g smoked pork sausage, thinly sliced 50g butter, melted in a large pan, add the sausage and brown off (5 mins ish)  …

Leftovers, Chinese style beef stew

Back in February, I started off a Chinese beef and hoisin stew in the slow cooker, with winter veg, mushrooms, fresh garlic & ginger.  I was Listening to Radio 2 and looking at how heavy that snow was!  It froze well and was still very tasty today! Marinade stuff 600g beef stewing steak 225g hoisin…

Seedlings, poly-tunnel excitement!

The runner beans (as featured) have just started showing today, yippee!  We are growing 2 varieties, Scarlet Emperor and Firestorm, we’ve grown them both successfully before and enjoy their flavour.  I’ve also got a string-less variety to try, but as yet have not planted any, I’m going to see what space we have left at…

Stuffed green peppers, Mexican inspired beef and rice mix

Sumptuous sweet stuffed green peppers cooked in the slow cooker today.  I was really naughty and threw together ingredients so I’ve done the best I can at remembering what I put in it! Serves 4. 225g white rice, then cooked 4 green peppers, tops removed and used in the mix, and de-seed the middle. 500g…

Peppery rocket and cress salad with feta

Quiet lunch required today while hubby sleeps in from working a night shift and getting home at silly’o’clock! Time for toast, topped with a cracking vitamin and mineral packed peppery salad of mixed leaves, rocket, nasturtium leaves and large water cress, fresh cherry tomatoes and some creamy low fat feta cheese.  Still doesn’t feel like…

The joys of spring

I’ve had a cold for the last few days, so I’ve not been out and about as much as I’d like to have been!  I did get the chance to explore the changes in the back garden today and it’s given me hope to see some new life at the allotment as well! Above is…

Oily fish, smoked mackerel

Oily fish is so good for you according to NHS choices and it’s super tasty too! The weather here has been pretty poor, lots of rain preventing the much needed digging work in the garden and allotment, but you can still make an amazingly simple and tasty dish that ticks lots of health benefit boxes. Wholegrain…

Garden developments & cherry blossom!!

Woohoo! Finally our cherry tree flowers have started opening up, they look glorious!  The tree will be covered in open flowers for the next few days, I love taking pictures of it all!  This year we hope to deter the local pigeons from eating them all by hanging shiny things in the tree that get…

Lady bugs

I’ve been very lucky to capture this shot of a Ladybug about to take off!  It had been sunning itself on our rhubarb down at the plot. I also got a cheeky little Harlequin beetle looking at me earlier today from the nook of a blackcurrant leaf in the garden. The Harlequins are not a…

Finger-licking Piri piri pork ribs with savoury rice

Cracking little dinner tonight inspired by a recipe for piri piri chicken from Immaculate Bite’s website and for their recipe please click here. The savoury rice was made using leftover green pepper, fresh chopped plum tomatoes, onion, vegetable stock pot, cumin and ground coriander for the spices, along with a good helping of fresh cut…