Don’t tell the kids about the courgette, they’ll never know that you are sneaking in some healthy veg!
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!
The subtitle to this blog has always been ‘blogging the high’s and low’s of growing, foraging and making my own food and drink’, but so far I have only shared the high’s – largely in the form of recipes and images of said recipes. Today that changes. It started a few weeks back with one…
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…
These are very tasty. I usually freeze half a batch of them for use at a later time.
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:…
Elderflowers announce the coming of summer. They complement the tartness of the gooseberry, which happens to ripen at just the same time.
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…
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.
What can be better than eating a curry with a glass of home brewed beer, sitting by the fire with friends?
Since discovering a basic version of this recipe, we have it most weekends. It’s delicious and filling.
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.
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.
This is a very famous old norse dish, a traditional method to preserve fish
This one is a bit of a cheats tart. It’s quick to put together, but really tasty.
Inspired by a German apple cake
This recipe started off as an experiment and due to an error, turned out really good, and now I always make it this way.
Here’s a handy little trick for what to do if your brew turns to vinegar
I grew up eating this, when I could get some. Its really popular in our house, even now.
This is my favorite home made beer.
There are a few basic rules
that you need to follow in order to make your own booze
These make a great healthy snack. They are rather more-ish though, so don’t last very long!
Great on a cold winter evening by the fire
Before hops were common in beer brewing, herbs such as rosemary and nettles would have been used.
A very tasty beginners loaf
The vanilla in this jam compliments the sharpness of the rhubarb.
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.
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.
Milk and egg free pancakes? Swapping milk is straight forward enough, but what about egg?
Finally a use for parsnips!
Shop bought nuts are so overpriced I decided to attempt to make my own.
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.
Warming and slightly spiced, this squash recipe should get you in the autumn mood.
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
September is one of my favourite times of the year, as I get to spend a lot of time outside foraging for fruit.
Considered by some to be superior to sloe gin
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.
Every story I know about exploding bottles seems to be connected with this brew.
Home made lemon curd tastes great and is a good way to use up a glut of eggs.