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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, …

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 …

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 …

Blackberry Curd

It’s that wonderful time of year where the mist lingers in the early mornings, the first golden leaves begin to fall from the trees & it becomes near impossible to return from a walk without the stain of blackberry on your fingers. September is abundant with free fruit & who can resist a shiny, dark …

Greengage Jam

Greengages have always intrigued me, a sweet, juicy dessert plum, but unlike the varieties most of us know & enjoy at this time of year. Instead of shades of purple & magenta, greengages (as their name would suggest) are the complete opposite end of the colour wheel, with a bright yellow-green skin not unlike an …

Tomato Focaccia

I can never eat a good focaccia without immediately being brought back to Italy. Memories of several slabs of focaccia, each topped with different flavours & colours, snapped up from the local forno or train station as a quick lunch on the go. It’s one of the passing things that I never really gave much …

Flapjacks

If there’s a trip, picnic, walk or even long drive on the agenda then you’d better believe I’m going to make some snacks to bring along. If life has taught me anything it’s that a). I get hangry, I love food far too much to be skipping any meals & b). Wales really isn’t the …

Redcurrant Friands

Whilst I do love autumn & all of the beautiful colours it brings, it doesn’t officially arrive here in the UK until mid September so until then I’m holding on to the final weeks of summer & the late summer offerings too. As the last of the tomatoes ripen up & the ground becomes bare …

Tomato & Mascarpone Tart

As is usual during the first few weeks of September, it has been busy! Bowls & baskets full of fruits & vegetables line the kitchen floor, counter tops piled high with jars of preserves, a sink constantly covered in mud, roots or peelings, a fridge bursting with colourful odd shaped bits & an oven that …

Summer Berry Yogurt Ice Lollies

I’m determined to keep summer alive (I mean, it is still mid August) so I’m throwing it back to a lovely little recipe I made earlier in the season when the sun was shining, the temperature appropriately melting & the summer berries were coming into their own. I love the vibrant stained fingers that can …