Final Postcard from Cornwall: Wild flowers and pasties

The thing that struck me more than anything during our week in Cornwall was the wildflowers.  Anyone who has holidayed in Cornwall will know all about the narrow windy roads with high verges.  I have often holidayed in this area in July or August and the verges have been grassy with a few flowers.  However,…

I made bread

Having watched the Great British Bake Off for a few years I decided it was about time I learnt to make bread.  I have tried in the past  and produced the odd brick, even the pre-mixed packets haven’t really worked for me and I don’t have space for a bread maker. My sons took my…

September Foodie Penpals

The end of another month and another parcel from a Foodie Penpal. This month I was assigned Anna and Jamie at Manchester Foodies and I am pleased to see they enjoyed their parcel which had a loose Italian theme. My foodie penpal was Dana at A Bite of a Blogspot.  Dana sent me an email…

50th Wedding Anniversary Cake

I am quite chuffed with myself at how the cake I have made for my parent’s 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary has turned out.  I am no cake decorator and have had many a run in with a piping bag which I have lost.  In the past I did some fab cakes for the boys birthdays…

Foodie Penpal Parcel One

I have a real weakness for a parcel, I adore receiving them.  In fact the actual receiving of the parcel is often more exciting than the contents which is why I love internet shopping.  I also like eating, well who doesn’t, although I am now on a diet but more of that later.  So when…

More jam from the plot

It’s funny how the smallest achievement can give you a huge sense of satisfaction and bring a smile to your face.  Making four jars of strawberry jams was one of those achievements. This is the second lot of jam this year from the plot – the first lot being rhubarb and ginger.  I like the…

I’ve made jam….

… I know it’s not that revolutionary but for me it is a huge achievement.  My track record on preserves in recent years has been disastrous.  There was the marmalade which burnt and had black bits in it and last summer I tried to make damson jam, over cooked it and ended up with damson…

Watercolour Challenge – No 6

I have just finished my third term of Botanical Art.  This term I have concentrated on a more complicated picture and trying to conquer my fear of watercolour paint.  The plums were fairly easy to complete but the leaves were something else and I can see that there is room for improvement.  However, I am…

Glut of Strawberries? – Heres the answer!!

I feel an overwhelming urge to share with you my Pavlova success.  I could pretend that I was suffering from a strawberry glut just as Anna at Greentapestry is but no one who knows me would believe me as they all know I don’t grow edibles.  No I was completely taken in by Waitrose’s marketing…

Too much cocoa for my pedestrian tastes

To date I have been rather purist about my blog keeping it very much focussed on gardening but I have to admit that I have given in to the temptation of chocolate – I know it is a disgrace! I have been sent five bars of chocolate by Chocolate & Love – yes that’s five…

Happy Easter – have some cake!

Happy Easter everyone.  Thought you might like a slice of the Simnel Cake I made, sorry should have taken a photo before we tucked into it but we just couldn’t help ourselves.  For those of you who haven’t heard of a Simnel Cake it is a light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan inside…