Blackberry, apple and bay gin steep

This is not one I’ve tried before.  The last time we did blackberries, we added a cinnamon stick to the mix and that’s lovely.  This is something new for me! I’ve subbed honey for the sugar as that gives an interesting taste too.  This will be kept in the cupboard for 4 weeks, giving the…

River Cobbler (Basa) en papillote

This is such a nifty way to cook your fish, gently steamed in paper so it’s retaining all it’s own flavour and it’s a gentle cook to keep your fish soft, flaky and delicious! I fancied something lemony, with lots of pepper and bursts of capery saltiness, luckily hubby was only too happy to oblige! …

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…

Raspberry gin, recipe, easy make!

This may look like fashionable milkshake with a flake, but it’s better! Honest! 1 litre sterilised jar 400g raspberries (freeze them for a day and allow them to defrost if you can – this helps to soften the fruit, but you can also use fresh) 250g caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick GIN!  Cheap gin is…

Allotment love and human kindness!

As I arrived at the allotment today, I was greeted by a fellow member who had taken over a plot which a large patch of rhubarb already established.  They didn’t want all of it so offered me the option of taking a crown or two!  What an amazing start to the day?!  (Keep reading though…

Mediterranean fishcakes and Greek salad

This meal was inspired by buying some Mediterranean styled Tuna fishcakes from our local store.  I’ve not had many fishcakes before, I thought they were a little dull, but the idea of these ones interested me.  I took a chance and bought said items (reduced, no less!) and pondered what to do with them. A…

Back garden got worked on too!

It’s probably a little strange that we are growing in both the allotment and the back garden, but some plants can be better managed at home for starters (fruit bushes for example).  Also, we can get a better chance of saving correctly pollinated seeds if we keep some things separate!  Our garden also has 6ft…

Caribbean rabbit curry with “rice and peas”

This cheeky little curry is inspired by the Hairy Bikers “Chicken and the Egg” book’s Caribbean chicken curry, it’s just that we replace the chicken with rabbit!  You’ll find most recipes can be swapped over.  You’ll need to adjust cooking times, as rabbit needs a little longer than chicken does to soften up, so give…

Breakfast of diggers!

Hubby wanted a good breakfast to sustain him before doing a few hours at the plot today.  Good smoked back bacon, with lightly fried slices of mushroom, brown seeded bread and lashings of brown sauce.  He was happily digging for almost 2 hours fueled by this sarnie!  (Lesson has been learnt!)

The rain stopped! For a few hours…

We’ve been able to make some progress today! Hurrah!  The rain has been almost constant for about 10 days here on our hill, so it’s been wonderful to get out and do something constructive! This is our first year of allotmenting!  We’ve been growing for about 6 years in the back garden, but this is…

Spag Bol! (Not terribly traditional!)

One of our favourite comfort foods, it’s such a tasty dish!  It one of those meals that benefits from being cooked in the slow cooker (although there is still some prep work involved in doing that if you want really great results).  This is a great dish to “batch cook” and freeze the leftovers for…

Hard graft!

Despite the constant rain and general sludginess of the garden, the workmen arrived to work on next door’s garden today.  They are scraping off all their soil and making a driveway and in the meantime taking down the fence between us and replacing it. This also meant that all plants along that fence were going. …