UK FORAGING – Books I reccomend

These are my usual go to books for foraging in the wild or hedgerows for edible plants. At the moment I don’t harvest mushrooms, as I haven’t got enough knowledge on this but will learn more in the future.   My first ever book on wild food I read was this one in the Self…

Rice Pudding

It’s that time of year again – there is orange leaves on the floor and the familiar autumnal smell in the air. This is my favourite time of year, I eagerly await the autumn chills and feel all cosy inside when I see the first blackberries come to ripeness. Not only do we have two…

Chocolate Truffles

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE This is an easy 2 ingredient recipe and make the most delicious soft creamy truffles. You can add extract to the mix like orange and mint or even swap out the milk chocolate for dark or white. Ingredients Truffle 200g Milk Chocolate ( my fave brand is Callebeut) 125ml Double Cream Coating…

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…