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.

Midgard serpent pie

The idea for this one comes from a Moroccan M’hanncha or snake cake. It’s usually a sweet dish, cooked as a pudding. Make sure to allow enough time to cool the filling after cooking.

Haw sauce

This sauce makes a great accompaniment to dark meats, like venison or gamey birds like Pigeon.

Elderberry syrup

This syrup is said to be great for colds. Either way it tastes great on porridge, mixed with hot water to make a tea or as a mixer for gin.

Cod Curry

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

Fish & Chips

A classic British food. Fried fish was introduced to Britain in the 17th century by Jewish refugees from Spain & Portugal. Who paired it with chips seems to be under some debate, although the earliest chip shop was opened in London in 1860.

Apricot brandy

This was inspired by Robin Hobb’s books. The story follows that of a bastard of a prince, Fitz, as he becomes an assassin. It’s a beautiful story filled with magic, dragons and apricot brandy shared with his friend, the fool

Ginger ale

This makes a lovely refreshing, sparkling drink in the Summer.

Pizza base recipe

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

Cheese scones

a simple recipe for cheese scones and who doesn’t like cheese scones!

Apple pie moonshine

Ingredients: 2L cider 1L apple juice 2 Cinnamon sticks 6 cloves 1/2 a nutmeg 200g Brown sugar 200g white sugar 350ml vodka 350 ml spiced rum   Method: Put the cider, apple juice & spices into a large pan. Bring to a simmer and stir in the sugar. Continue to simmer until the sugar is…

Elderflower cordial

Its that time of year again, when the days are long and a short walk is filled with the smell of Elderflowers, summer is here!
As far as non-alcoholic drinks go, this one takes some beating.

Dandaloo

Loosely based on a Goan Vindaloo

Spicy BBQ Pork

This is a fantastic little recipe, that we can’t stop making in our house. Serve with Couscous, rocket and cherry tomatoes.

Overnight oats

In a rush in the morning, but don’t want to skip breakfast? Make this the night before, and it’ll be ready to eat the minute you get up! Ingredients: 80g Porridge oats 250ml milk (any kind you like – cows, goats, almond, soy etc) 40g Raspberries 40g Blueberries Honey Method: Put 2 handfuls of oats…

Akvavit

Drink straight, as a mixer, or add a splash to Gravadlax

Kombucha tea

Kombucha is a really great health food, promoting good gut bacteria. It’s been in use for hundreds of years, all over the world.

Potato farls

This is a pretty versatile Irish recipe. Serve with eggs & bacon, jam, or as an alternative to pancakes.

Dukkah rissoles

Dukkah is an ancient Egyptian nut/spice mix. It works great, instead of breadcrumbs on rissoles.

Nettle rolls

Stinging nettles are high in vitamin A and calcium and are a good source of protein

Toad in the hole

A dairy-free alternative to a classic British recipe. At home, we usually use pork sausages, when we cannot get hold of decent quality toads.

Dandelion cookies

Pick your flowers on a Sunny day, if possible. Dandelions close up at night, so you’ll want to pick them as early as possible.

Nettle pesto

A simple, light and fresh tasting meal in the Spring and early Summer.

Beef noodle soup

This is quick to make and is the perfect comfort food on a rainy day

Lemon & nettle cake

Nettles are everywhere at the moment and if you are new to foraging, you are unlikely to go wrong picking them – just wear a good pair of gloves! They are high in vitamin A and calcium and are a good source of protein.

BBQ sticky ribs and egg fried rice

Serves 4 Ingredients: For the ribs; 1kg lamb or pork ribs Salt & pepper 1 tsp Chinese 5-spice (plus extra for seasoning) 3 Spring onions (finely chopped) 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 tsp ground ginger Pinch of chilli flakes 2 tablespoon Ketchup 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoon sweet cider 2 garlic cloves (peeled…

Pulled pork tacos

Ingredients: For the pulled pork; 1.5Kg (approx) pork shoulder joint 1 tablespoon Muscovado sugar 2 tsp Paprika 2 tsp Ground coriander 2 tsp Ground cumin 2 tsp Ground ginger 2 tsp Black pepper 1 tsp salt 1-2 bottles of sweet cider For the Salsa; 12 Cherry tomatoes 1 Onion 6 mini peppers 1 tablespoon white…

Upside down pineapple cake

Ingredients: 1 tin of Pineapple rings Muscovado sugar 80g Butter 180g Plain flour 160g Muscovado sugar Tsp Baking powder 2 eggs Pineapple juice (from the tin) Method: Melt the butter in a pan and pour into a cake tin. Spread the butter around the tin, as evenly as possible, making sure to coat the sides….

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

This is a fantastic vegan alternative to a Chinese take away. If you don’t like mushrooms try using cauliflower instead.

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!

Halva

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.

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.

Shakshuka

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

Faggots

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.

Carbonara

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

Kedgeree

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

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. 

Croutons

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

Happiness

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.

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

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

Ratatouille

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

Gingerbread

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. 

Mince-meat

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…

Chutney

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.

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…

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…

Everyday loaf

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