Trying to be a traditional allotment holder – Parsnip Wine

One of the vegetables I was really looking forward to growing was parsnips. I just love their sweet delicate flavour when roasted with honey and smothered in gravy. The idea was to harvest them in time for Christmas dinner – which we did! I have a ridiculous amount of them left though and nowhere to…

Sparkling Rose Wine

Sparkling rose wine looking very good. Please with the colour and clarity but may back sweet, as it was reading a very low 6 on the brix refractor. 

Winter Beef Stew Recipe

Beef stew is a dinner you would often find on the table when I was a child. It is one of the very few meals my mum can actually cook. Now even at 25 years of age, I always get excited when I walk through the door and smell this delicious meal slow cooking in the…

When life gives you lemons(or clementines)…Clementine Wine!

When life gives you lemons or should I say when Macro give you free Clementines – make clementine wine! ! Just after Christmas the local wholesale we go to was giving away free boxes of clementines.  Knowing I’m at my happiest when bulk preserving fruit, Richard snapped them up and brought them home for me….

Bonfire Night Camping

This year for bonfire night we all decided to go away for the weekend. We started the evening off with a little firework display on the sand dunes. It was such a cold night so we had a fire to keep warm and cook up some food! Nothing too fancy this time, as we were cooking for…

Allotment 2017 – Day 1

Today we went to the allotment for the first time this year. We harvested the last of the parsnips in the ground and managed to plant some garlic too. Considering it was crap soil, the parsnips didn’t turn out half bad. We cooked them up with some orange zest and honey in the oven and…

Christmas QUICK FIZZ

Soo, I had the idea of making some kind of fizzy apple cider for Xmas but I went on a few homebrew forums and everyone recommended making a ‘quick fizz’ instead. A quick fizz is similar to a champagne or sparkling wine but isn’t left to mature or clear.   I had a look on google…

London at Christmas

London at Christmas is a beautiful city. Building are lit up by thousands of fairy lights and the whole town comes alive with festivities and busy shoppers enjoying the atmosphere.   Just before our Christmas rush in work, Richard and I always try to get away for a few days to do some shopping and…

Elderberry and Blackberry Wine

Elderberry and  BlackBerry wine  – our first attempt! This recipe for elderberry and blackberry wine was a fluke wine that turned out alright considering it was our first time making wine. For the wine itself we used Approx 900g Elderberries Approx 600g Blackberries 1.5kg of sugar ( sweet wine) Water 1 sachet all purpose red…

Chewy Gooey Choc Chip Cookies

How to make millie style cookies. When I first opened my bakery and we sold baked goods over the counter, we would make this recipe in bulk everyday and always sell out. I sadly only make cakes to order now so when I do get a chance to make these – it’s a real treat!!…

Easy Mulled Fruit Drink (Non Alcoholic)

  Ingredients 2l fruit drink (I used summer fruits from a supermarket value range but apple or other flavours would work) 3 whole star anise 3 whole Cloves 1 whole Cinnamon stick 1 vanilla Pod 1 large orange 1 large apple 1/4 cup of sugar (optional) Method Pour juice into a heavy bottomed 3-litre capacity pan Add…

Filo Pear Tarts

We  found a cute pear tree the other day and decided to bake filo pastry tarts. I have never baked filo tarts before, so this was a bit of a practice run but they tasted fantastic!   Ingredients 1 Cup of brown sugar 1 cup of melted butter 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon 6 large pears…