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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, …

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 …

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 …

Pear Tarte Tatin

Whilst it may not officially be autumn just yet here in Wales, it would seem that nobody told the weather. There’s a shift in the air & things are getting ever so slightly chillier & darker (I’m having mixed feelings about this). Recent storms have only added to the state of affairs, leaving us curled …

Pineapple & Chilli Chutney

If I could live off of a diet that consisted entirely of bread, cheese & jam alone then I would die a happy woman, albeit a little chunky & bunged up but happy nonetheless. It’s a little unconventional though, to eat a meal consisting of just one of these things, everything needs a partner, an …

Blackberry Cupcakes

The blackberries have made their grand late summer entrance, which can only mean that autumn is drawing nearer. Whilst I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet (in the garden or kitchen!), there’s no better late summer activity I enjoy more than going foraging for a big bowl of blackberries! Come late …

Lemon & Raspberry Cake

It’s hard to imagine summertime without raspberries, one of the sweetest & most popular of all the berries (& for good reason too). In season right throughout summer from late June to early September, they’re a popular garden fruit because they’re just so easy to grow. Raspberries aren’t too fussy, just keep them watered, with enough …