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. …

Pan fried Creole rainbow trout

This was the best way we’ve had rainbow trout so far!  We’ve a lovely recipe for making our own Creole spice mix, which was used for tonight’s dinner.  You can do this with a more basic Cajun spice mix too!  It will still be delicious! You fillet your fish (or ask the fish monger to…

Asparagus quiche, no pastry!

Inspired by a recent video doing the rounds on Facebook from Tesco, we decided to make a healthy low fat quiche, using sweet potato as suggested in thin layers instead of pastry for the bottom. It turns out we didn’t have a decent dish for this either, so it was made in a Pyrex casserole…

Duck leg, noodles and vegetables

There are some evenings when you know you are busy and want something that pleases the eye that doesn’t take 4 hours to prep! Two duck legs roasted in the oven for 45 minutes, stripped from the bone and then fried off with honey, soy and 5-spice, this makes it a little bit like crispy…