Pinning Dinner – Olive, Caper & Tomato Dressing

I have a real weakness for Pinterest.  It keeps my over active mind engaged in the evenings especially at the moment when there is little on television apart from sport.  I rarely pin recipes as many of the Pinners I follow are in the US and the recipes are often hard to translate due to…

Homemade Mincemeat

The worst thing about blogs and twitter is that I get lured in and at this time of year feel a need to do all the Christmassy domestic things.  However bitter experience has taught me that this is just ridiculous as I work full-time and I am not naturally a domestic goddess so I am…

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…

Family Favourite: Chocolate Praline

Well it’s not really praline as I believe that is something altogether different but it’s what we call this recipe in my family.  It is very like a refrigerator cake although less ingredients.  It is my youngest son’s absolute favourite cake and he often chooses it for his birthday ‘cake’.  I really struggle to get…

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…

The hardest thing about growing your own is…

…eating it – well for me. I don’t have a problem eating vegetables, or fruit, I love them.  My problem is that I am a creature of habit and routine and I am rubbish at doing things differently.  I am getting better at going with the flow generally and don’t have panic attacks as I…

Courgette glut? Make cake

I am beginning to think of myself as almost a real allomenteer (is that a word?) or veg grower as I have my first glut – courgettes. It’s hardly surprising given that I have three courgette plants and it is really only me that eats them, although I do adore them and eat enough for…

7 August 2009 12:34:56

At 12:34 on the 7th August 2009 I was just sitting down to my lunch of Chicken Noodle Soup.  I am celebrating having lost  1 stone in weight today.  It has taken me 10 weeks and the last 6lbs have been very slow to go.  One of my discoveries has been Weightwatchers recipe for Chicken…

Harvest time

I harvested my first veg today from my diddy veg plot.  I am really chuffed as the plot is only 2 ft wide and about 8ft long.  Sadly the fennel has started to blot and in some case has bolted.  I have harvested all the autumn planted red onions and the garlic.  I wasnt sure…

A&E and Chocolate Cake – What a day!!

Well today was one of those days that you just have to write off. I spent the majority of the day at A&E at the local hospital with my youngest son.  He came off his bike a week ago today and cut his hands up and hurt his wrists as they took the full force…

The weather outside is frightful…..so bake!

As the weather here has been cold more or less since Christmas I have found myself turning to comfort foods – particularly when considering my back garden as per my last post.  A recent discovery which is turning into a firm favourite are Gingerbread Muffins: Ingrediants 250g plain flour, 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1…

Rainy Sunday

Well its been raining since at least 6 this morning – thats eight and half hours of non-stop rain.  I know there are some who would really welcome the rain so I dont want to appear ungrateful but the pots on my patio are standing in an inch of water that how much we have…