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…

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 & 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?

Mush

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.

Nutroast

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. 

Amber ale

This is my favorite home made beer. 

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

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.

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.