Switchel (haymaker’s punch)

This is a popular drink in America, but probably originated in Jamaica. It tastes like a fiery home made lemonade. Its a great thirst quencher in the Summer, but works well as a mixer for whiskey or vodka on a colder Winters night.

Sweet & sour shiitake mushrooms

Serves 4 Ingredients: For the battered mushrooms; 4 shiitake mushrooms (sliced) 1/3 cup corn flour 2/3 cup plain flour 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt and pepper Carbonated water Groundnut oil For the sweet & sour; 1 small 227g can of pineapple chunks (drained, but keep…

Turkey escalopes

Great served with watercress or peppery rocket, and a wedge of lemon on the side.

Rainbow trout with fennel & lemon

Ingredients: 2 trout fillets Salt & pepper (to taste) 2 tsp fennel seeds Pinch of chilli flakes (optional) ½ a fennel bulb (finely chopped) 1 small or ½ a large courgette (sliced) 12 cherry tomatoes (halved) 2 slices of lemon Method: Place the fillets onto 2 separate large pieces of foil. Season well with salt…

Idaho sunrise

Due to the long cooking time of the potatoes, this is probably more suitable as a brunch than a breakfast. However with a little bit of forward planning, you could cook the potatoes the day before, or us leftovers from a meal.

Samwise Gamgee’s Fish Stew

Hated by Gollum, for ruining perfectly good fresh fish, this stew is an old family recipe of the Gamgee’s, featuring Sams favourite – potatoes!


The history of Halva seems to be a bit of a mystery, with versions of it appearing all over the world

Venison goulash with corn porridge

Goulash is a 9th century medieval Hungarian dish, originally eaten by shepherds. It’s a stew made from meat, vegetables and paprika, although paprika wouldn’t have been added until its introduction in the 16th century.

Dairy-free Victoria sponge

No one will ever notice the lack of dairy in this cake. You can use any kind of jam for the filling, raspberry is most traditional, but blackberry whiskey jam is fantastic!

5 bean chilli

Super easy and really tasty. We make this quite a lot. We often have it whilst out camping with salty nacho chips, but rice works well too.

As there are only 2 and a half of us, I freeze the leftovers from this, for a quick dinner the following week.


This recipe is based on the North African poached egg dish, but with added sausages and beans – to make a great breakfast or brunch.


A traditional British food, originating in Birmingham. We used to have these as a kid, but they were always shop bought.

I don’t remember particularly liking them, but as with most things – I now love them.

Serve with either mash or chips, peas and lots of gravy.

Prawn parcels

Serves 2 Ingredients: 350g prawns 1/2 a can of sweetcorn 1 courgette (sliced) 6 cherry tomatoes (sliced) 2 mushrooms (quartered) 1 clove of garlic (sliced) 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp ground ginger Pinch of chilli flakes Handful of coriander (roughly chopped) Salt & pepper Olive oil 1 limes (sliced) Large knob of butter Method:…

Chocolate brioche

Ingredients: 500g strong bread flour 10g salt 80g caster sugar 20g bread yeast 50g Olive oil 300ml warm soy milk 100g dark orange chocolate Method: Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the olive oil. Slowly add a little milk at a time, while mixing together with…

Jerk chicken

Whether cooked mid-winter in the oven, or at a Summer time BBQ, these chicken wings are delicous.

Crisp breads

Thought to have originated over 500 years ago in Sweden. These were originally cooked twice a year, in rounds, with a hole in the middle, to enable hanging from the rafers on a stick.

Olive, Pumpkin & rosemary bread

This recipe requires a starter recipe, which you can find here, this takes about a week to establish, but once going is ready to use any time. Great dunked into soups and stews. Ingredients: 500g strong bread flour 10g salt 160g sourdough starter 20g bread yeast 250ml warm water 1 large rosemary sprig (finely chopped)…

Lembas bread

The mythical bread of the elves in lord of the rings. Said to keep a man on his feet for a whole day.

Whilst it is unknown what is actually in lembas, there are many recipes around. This version is not unlike shortbread and tastes great with blackberry whiskey jam.

Vegetable Thai green curry

I love a Thai green curry, and its so easy to make the sauce yourself, rather than buying one in a jar.

Spicy lentil soup

Lentils are one of the oldest domesticated pulse crops in the world, having been found alongside human habitations dating back to 11,000BCE

Stir-fried goat with noodles

Goat is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than pork, lamb, chicken and beef, whilst being high in iron and protein. Due to its low levels of saturated fat its said to improve cholesterol.

Mushroom biryani

This is a very simple vegetarian Indian rice dish. There are many different versions of this recipe, usually containing meat, fish or eggs.

Mulled cider

This is the season for a wassail. We drink it around a fire, offering some of the cider to our garden fruit trees. 

Vegan harira

This is a vegan version of a moroccan spiced soup. It can be eaten all year, but to me it feels like a winter dish.


A traditional Italian pasta dish. As my wife has a dairy alergy I made this with soy cream and vegan cheese.


A traditional, spicy breakfast that takes as long as a fry-up but with a lot less fat.

Pizza base recipe

Crispy and delicous. Its easy to make your own pizzas from scratch. With a little early prep to make the dough

Vegan bolognese

​Spaghetti bolognese has a special place in our family, as it was the last meal we all had together, as a family just a few days before my Mum died.  

This is a great vegan version, packed full of veg.

Sweet & sour prawns

Better than any take away, lower in salt and sugar, but just as delicous!

Venison rissoles

I made these whilst making some sausages, so the recipe will also work for that, if you have a sausage maker.
Serve with potatoes or with a salad.

Vegan crumpets

A British classic – tea and crumpets. These are easy to make and have more flavour than shop bought crumpets. 


These are really easy to make, using any type of bread. There is always a little bread in our house that is past its best. Most often its the end of a loaf of sourdough


Generally we try to eat seasonally. In summer we look forward to the first courgettes, and then spend the rest of the season eating various recipes that make use of courgette. We find new and interesting ways to use them up, making wines, jams and cakes. By the end of Summer we are sick of…

Pot-roasted venison haunch

I first had a version of this at a deer skinning/butchery course with ‘Wild cooking bath’. It was so good we recreated it for our Christmas day dinner.

Gammon cooked in mead

I had the idea to try this one for myself, after my Sister in law’s fiance cooked us a gammon in Coca Cola. I then found out that Bob Thornton, of Moremead had already done it.

Vegan mince pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. Here is a vegan alternative to my other mince pie recipe. Best served warm from the oven.

Mulled wine

Warm yourself by the fire with a freshly made mug of gently spiced wine.

Mince pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. I like to serve them warm from the oven with a little Bailey’s extra thick cream


Pancakes are not just for February. Serve however you like them. Lemon and sugar? Bananas and Nutella? We have even done them with duck!

Mince pie cupcakes

Much quicker and easier to make than mince pies, and without the need for the long maturing time of a Christmas cake.


This is great served with chunks of sourdough bread. I have been making this to take to work, for my lunches.


A great dairy-free variation of the classic gingerbread, perfect for Christmas. Once made the dough can be frozen for cooking at a later date.

Cheese straws

Perfect food for the coming party season. Try adding a little paprika, chilli or garlic for an extra twist.

Toffee Apples

The perfect Autumn night treat for Halloween or Bonfire night.

Spiced apple cake

Apples and spices are the first things I think of in Autumn – that and firelit evenings, mulled wine and the coming fetivities – Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas!

Apple & pumpkin soup

The perfect autumn soup – sweet apples, mixed with pumpkin and warm spices. 

Apple spiced vodka

Crab apples are available in large quantities from late Summer. This drink is perfect for warming yourself, sat by the fire during the long, cold winter months

Miniture Christmas cakes

I usually make these in September and feed them every couple of weeks, up till December, with a mixture of brandy, dark rum, and sloe gin, for a really boozy cake. 

Carrot & Ginger soup

Having lots of carrots coming from the garden in Autumn, this is the perfect meal to use them up on.

Lightly spiced, it’s perfectly suited to the cooler nights, that are now drawing in to signify the coming, cold winter months.


This recipe came about after my neighbour offered us a tree full of pears. Making this in September fills the house with the smell of Christmas and really gets me excited for the cosy Winter nights ahead, sat by the fire and the build up to Christmas season. Ingredients: 500g pears (cored and cut into…

Coconut macaroons

Simple, yet satisfying. These macaroons are really tasty and can be made in just a few minutes. Great for making with kids.  Ingredients: 2 free range eggs 200g desiccated coconut 160g caster sugar 150g Dark chocolate (optional) Method: Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the coconut and the sugar and stir well. Spoon the…

Pickled beetroot

We like to eat this in winter stews or in the summer with cured meats and cheeses. Ingredients: 1kg beetroot (sliced) 1 tbsp black peppercorns 2 teaspoons of salt 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 10 cloves pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional) 700ml cider vinegar, plus 3½ tbsp 100g light brown…


This recipe is great for using up the end of season tomatoes that didn’t have time to ripen before autumn, combined with the last of the summer glut of courgettes, and freshly foraged crab apples. Ingredients: 1kg courgettes (diced) 1kg green tomatoes (diced) 500g crab apples (cored and diced) 500g shallots (peeled and diced) 500g…

Banana chocolate melts

Chocolate banana melt I’m not sure if a banana still counts as one of your five a day after you’ve filled it with marshmallow and chocolate, but once in a while can’t do any harm. This one is great when out camping. Ingredients: 1 banana 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows 2 tablespoons chocolate chips Method: Slice…

Orange golden ale

This was a bit of an experiment, and ended up a success! The golden syrup flavour really comes out in the finished ale. Ingredients: 500g coopers amber malt extract 35g fuggles/Goldings hops zest of 3 oranges 375g light brown soft sugar 12 pints of water 1 teaspoon Young’s super wine yeast extract Golden syrup Method:…

Chilli Jam

This spicy jam is perfect with meats and cheeses or for dipping prawns into. I usually make a lot of it in the summer using homegrown chillies. You can easily vary the heat by changing the type of chilli you use to match your own taste. Ingredients: 840g sweet red peppers (deseeded and top removed)…

Damson jelly

This was one of my Grandads favorites jams and is a lovely pinky purple colour. The damson is the wild cousin of the plum, and also related to bullaces and sloes. Its slightly smaller than a plum and a little on the sour side. I only know of one location locally to me where they…

Crab apple jelly

I love stocking the cupboard with crab apple jelly, It’s great spread on toast, dolloped onto porridge or served with pork. It’s a fantastic pinky orange colour. It amazes me that no one else seems to pick the small, scabby looking apples, which you can find everywhere. It doesn’t take long to fill a bag….

Thai-green Curry

I love a Thai green curry, and its much better to make the sauce yourself than to buy one in a jar.

Cod Curry

This is my wife’s favorite curry, and is certainly up there as one of mine too.

Crispy flat breads

Based loosely on a Viking crisp bread recipe that was sent to me. These are really quick and easy to make and taste great.

Masala mackerel

I love the taste of mackerel. Its strong flavour can really stand up to the mix of spices added to this dish. This same paste can be used with other curry dishes too. Why not try chicken, lamb, or even vegetable curry. Serves 2 Ingredients: For the paste; 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp cumin…

Salmon skewers with Rosemary Vinaigrette

I borrowed the basic idea for this recipe from @Earthacooks and I have to say, its delicious! Makes 4 skewers Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 3 lemons 1 teaspoons English mustard 2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 fillets of skinless salmon fillet,…

Spicy lamb & vegetables

Quick and easy to make, and super tasty. The flavour of the lamb can really stand up for itself against the spices in this dish.

Curried chickpeas

These make a great healthy snack. They are rather more-ish though, so don’t last very long!

Fruity courgette cake

Lightly spiced and fruity, this cake is delicious and another great way of using up this years courgette glut. I’m sure it still counts toward my 5-a-day, right?

Vegan Chocolate cupcakes

Don’t tell the kids about the courgette, they’ll never know that you are sneaking in some healthy veg!

New chickens

    We have just introduced 2 new hens to our current two. This is always a bit nerve racking, as they often fight, though hopefully resolve their differences without too much damage. I think the grey one is particularly pretty and hopefully lays some lovely eggs for me soon!

I have a book out now!!

BIG NEWS!! I have a book out now on Amazon. You can buy it here Written with help from my lovely wife. Split into sections the recipes include: 4 seasons of meals and puddings/cakes (28 recipes), campfire cooking (7) breakfasts (5) bread (7) preserves (10) booze (10) non alcoholic drinks (3) I hope you enjoy it…

Salmon fish cakes

These are very tasty. I usually freeze half a batch of them for use at a later time.

Chicken, lemon & fennel kebabs

These work best in the summer with fresh veg, and served with a glass of last year’s parsnip wine. Serve with rice. Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts (cut into chunks) 1 courgette (sliced & quartered) ½ a fennel bulb (cut into cubes) 1 tsp fennel seeds Juice of 1 lemon Salt & pepper Method:…

Elderflower cordial

For those looking for a non-alcoholic drink in the springtime, this one takes some beating.

Elderflower & gooseberry fool

Elderflowers announce the coming of summer. They complement the tartness of the gooseberry, which happens to ripen at just the same time.

Cod topped with oats

Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 Cod fillets Rolled oats 2 tsp English mustard Salt and pepper Olive oil Method: Drizzle a frying pan with olive oil and place your cod skin side down into the pan. Coat the top of the cod with the mustard and drizzle with a little more oil. Add a pinch of…

Non alcoholic mojito

When my wife was pregnant, I decided she needed to be able to have a celebratory drink for her birthday. Along came this refreshing mojito recipe.

Lamb rogan josh

What can be better than eating a curry with a glass of home brewed beer, sitting by the fire with friends?

Prawn & potato curry

​This is one of my favourite curries. It takes little effort to make, but has an amazing flavour. 

Toad in the hole

A classic British recipe. At home, we usually use pork sausages, when we cannot get hold of decent quality toads.


Since discovering a basic version of this recipe, we have it most weekends. It’s delicious and filling.

Fish pie

I make this on quite a regular basis. The recipe varies sometimes, as I try to use up left over veg. I have been known to put a few chilli flakes in as well.

Lamb Rissoles

Thanks to my grandad, these will be forever known in my family as arseholes. I love them, though they don’t seem to be that well known in the UK.


This is a traditional Sunday roast alternative – just as time consuming to make, but tasty and super healthy.

Salmon gravadlax

This is a very famous old norse dish, a traditional method to preserve fish

Garlic baguettes

This recipe started off as an experiment and due to an error, turned out really good, and now I always make it this way. 

Bread pudding

I grew up eating this, when I could get some. Its really popular in our house, even now.

Amber ale

This is my favorite home made beer. 


This has to be my favorite drinks. Great chilled in the summer, or warmed in the winter.

Spicy roasted chickpeas

These make a great healthy snack. They are rather more-ish though, so don’t last very long!

Ginger wine

Great on a cold winter evening by the fire

​Rosemary and bay Beer

Before hops were common in beer brewing, herbs such as rosemary and nettles would have been used.

Everyday loaf

This recipe is really simple, the perfect size for sandwiches and toast. 


Sourdough is a great tasting, but rather expensive to buy. Its relatively easy to make and doesn’t take up much time, but does need extra time to prove.

Fiery ginger marmalade

This is unusual, but a great way to use up the summer glut of courgettes and marrows that every grower tends to end up struggling with at some point.

Vegetable lasagne

I rarely make a lasagne with meat, I don’t think you really need it.

Black bread

This recipe contains blood. If you are a fan of black pudding its worth a go. Its not the sort of thing you’d eat every day, but goes really well with soups and stews.

Ginger and lemon meringue pie

A quick and easy pudding to make. Use pre-made lemon curd, if you can. See my other post on how to do that here.

Butternut squash soup

Warming and slightly spiced, this squash recipe should get you in the autumn mood.

Pumpkin beer

Every October I make a big batch of this to see me through the winter. It makes a lovely dark ale, with a slightly sweet tone from the pumpkin

Sloe gin

September is one of my favourite times of the year, as I get to spend a lot of time outside foraging for fruit.

Pea & mint soup

This might be the easiest fresh meal you’ll ever make. Ideal for those warm summer days when the last thing you want to do is be in the kitchen.

Lemon curd

Home made lemon curd tastes great and is a good way to use up a glut of eggs.