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No Bake Fig, Honey & Walnut Tarts

Each year it’s difficult to let the summer go but with the autumn bringing me such tempting delights as apples, grapes & figs, I can almost forgive it for abandoning me (almost). Each gorgeous fruit has it’s own appeal but none quite compare to the dusky-skinned, luscious fig. Thought to be one of the oldest …

Grape Focaccia

It’s grape season in the garden & whilst I do love those dark purple bunches, each September I end up scratching my head as to what to actually do with them. Over the years they’ve usually found their way into chutney or thrown into the jam pan along with all of the other odd bits …

Elderberry Syrup

As the days become fresher & the sun sits a little lower in the sky, it’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors! Long walks here in the country are never more enjoyable than in the early Autumn light, as the colour & life is just beginning to fade from the trees, it can …

Autumn Chutney

Odds & sods, that’s what my kitchen is currently full of. To be more specific, I’ve got a lot of odd fruits & veggies from the garden as thing’s begin to wind down for the Autumn & new thing’s begin to take on life. A glut of autumnal apples, the last of the ripening tomatoes, …

Apple & Blackberry Turnovers

Nature has a wonderful way of letting us know which ingredients go together like bread & butter. Usually, food that grows next to each (as in from the same country or region) or food that ripens & comes into season at the same time. One such excellent, natural pairing is apples & blackberries, both of …

Sauerkraut

When the garden gives you too many cabbages, you make sauerkraut (or at least I do anyway).¬†These past few weeks have been all about preserving in my kitchen, as the summer season draws to close & thing’s start to wind down, all of my wonderful vegetables have all reached their peak for harvesting, including my …

Blueberry Muffins

Whether we like it or not, as humans, we like some routine in our lives, it helps us to cope with the decisions of everyday life. During stressful times having a routine can be an anchor, some stability that gives you control over your own life, allowing yourself time to do the important things such …

Chilli Jam

Sugar & spice & all thing’s nice. That’s what chilli jam is made of. Glowing jars filled with fiery chilli flecks, chilli jam is ac much a treat for the eyes as it is for the tongue. Surprisingly, after a bit of a washout Welsh summer (did August even happen already?!), I’ve had a bumper …

Beetroot Chutney

We’re nearly at the end of Summer here in the UK & my garden is really delivering the goods, giving a great return on my efforts way back in the Spring. Some crops have really thrived, either that or I simply grew too much… probably the latter! But with each bursting harvest comes a new …

Pickled Cucumbers

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a thing for cucumbers. As a child, my favourite thing would always be a good cucumber sandwich. Always present at days out, school trips & packed lunches (mainly because it was far cheaper than buying anything at the beach or museum).¬† When all of the other children …