It’s that time of year! Sweetcorn!!!

We like to grow a few varieties with different colours and always mess up the spacing so they cross pollinate anyway!  We’ve even had some of our seeds affect the cobs on the plot diagonally from us, so you need more than 3m clearance to be safe!  In the mean time, we introduce our “Earlibird”,…

Blackberry pie, Croatian style

Called “pita od kupina” according to the recipe, it’s simple and delicious!  My results were slightly off as I didn’t have time to make the proper pastry and tried to use sweet shortcrust instead, but it was still super tasty!  This recipe was again part of the Mediterranean food challenge we’re involved in, thoroughly enjoyed…

Chilli jam

The time of year for preserving as much as you can is in full swing for most of us gardeners!  This is a first time make for us as it’s the first year we’ve seriously grown chillies of any quantity. This was made with locally sourced crab apples and our own chillies (habanezos), based on…

Mexican inspired spiced chilli coffee paste

Had a bit of a look about for am inspiring recipe today as we have so many ripe chillies to use at the moment and eating them on and in meals isn’t getting through them all quick enough! This recipe caught my eye as we love chilli and coffee together, so thanks to “Food at…

“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….

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…

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…

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. …

Chokeberry, time to pot on already!

We bought these 2 little chokeberry (Aronia) bushes back in April, having done a little research into how beneficial their berries are and what awesome jam they make!  Long term investment growing anything fruiting, but we were hopeful they’d be quicker to get to harvest than the blueberries!!! (5 years and counting, they are slow…