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…

Simply called “Bar nuts”

Taken directly from Nigella Lawson’s post today on Facebook (link to her recipe here)… delicious, very moreish and dangerous to have the full amount cooked when there are only two of you!! Essentially mixed raw nuts which you bake/roast, salt, dark sugar, cayenne pepper, and fresh chopped rosemary.

Marrow & chickpea curry!

We love a good curry and when nature gifts you massive marrows that are too large to stuff and have as a meal for 2, it’s time to get inventive!!! The recipe we based our dinner on his here from the BBC Goodfood site. The marrow we had to use up was rather large, so we…

Turkish dishes! First time makes!

With so many wonderful fresh ingredients available this time of year, I set a challenge in a Facebook group I’m in to cook a Mediterranean meal each week from a list of 3 alternating countries that border the Med’.  It’s been an exciting challenge!  This week with the countries on offer we elected to go…

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…

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…

Omlette; feta, chive flowers & smoked garlic

We don’t have many chive flowers left now, we’ve left 2/3rds of them so that the bees can visit and the chive plants will continue to grow year on year.  It’s been wonderful to make a few recipes with them this year that are new to us! Today’s quick lunch, chives, chive flowers and smoked…

Chive flowers and asparagus

Asparagus is one of those wonderful delicate flavours and it’s always a joy to cook for lunch as it’s super quick! Have taken some inspiration from https://www.thespruceeats.com/ today for one of their recipes.  As hubby and I like strong flavours we’ve made a few adaptations of our own. We added the zest of the lemon to…

Cauliflower & broccoli mornay with a chilli twist

This is such a comforting meal to make, it always pleases the eye and I just love it!  Over the years I’ve found some interesting ways to work with the sauce, to help make it healthier and super tasty, so please keep reading! I start by making a good thick cheese sauce.  I know not…

Vegan haggis and rumbledethumps!

It’s very hard to make vegetarian haggis look attractive on the plate!  Here’s a picture of it before cooking though which is much more appealing! It is worth the effort, honest. This is a lovely recipe from “Emma’s Little Kitchen” and the recipe should you like to see is available if you click here.  It…