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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 …

Summer Berry Pavlova

What’s the dessert you most associate with summer? Perhaps it’s ice cream, trifle, eton mess or cheesecake? Well, for me, it’s a pavlova! A light, fresh dessert in summer, filled with ample seasonal fruits… it’s the dessert that you can always find room for, not matter how full you really are. A crisp outer shell …

Blackcurrant Tarts

June & July are blackcurrant season in the garden. Harvesting actually does span over two months for me because our blackcurrant bush is very old, very big & its fruit continues to ripen at different stages in early summer. It’s one of the few nice things that I actually inherited with my house. The previous …

Wild Strawberry Jam

Little red jewels everywhere, or at least there are in my garden at the moment. What are they? Wild strawberries.  An early summer treat, wild strawberries are much smaller  than commercially grown strawberries, but they’re also far sweeter & more delicate, each one packs the essence of a strawberry into a tiny little vessel. In …

Apricot Jam

Summer is just around the corner & is slowly creeping its way into the UK, any trip to the market will confirm a shift into the season as suddenly there is so much more colour & freshness on offer (a very happy sight). One of the thing’s that signal the beginning of summer for me …

Chilli & Apricot Chutney

SWEET KICKS Green fingers is something that I seem to have developed as I’ve aged. I’ve discovered the joy & sense of pride that comes from keeping my plants alive, growing my own food & generally adding a bit of colour into the garden & home (I’ve become a real proud plant mama). One of …

Rhubarb Frangipane Tart

Proudly Pink Is there anything more summery than a fruit tart? (well other than the healthy alternative of simply fruit that is). As temperatures rise, nights draw longer & (hopefully) the sun begins to shine we are blessed with a plethora of colourful fruity offerings. It’s the season of preserving, foraging & green fingers. This year …

Mixed Fruit Jam (Summer Garden Jam)

Seasonal Farewells It’s over, gone, done & dusted for another year. Luckily as we mourn the loss of a summer that never truly came to be, we enter a season that I’m just as fond of, Autumn. The beginning of Autumn signals three things for me… firstly pumpkins, everything from cakes, pies & muffins to …

Summer Berry Cake

Poeth (or hot if you’re reading this in anywhere other than Wales), it has been uncharacteristically hot here in Wales this week. Summer in the UK usually consist of brief bursts of summer sun, likely for around 3-4 days (if we’re lucky) before the sun retreats in defeat of grey clouds once again.  This week …

Courgette Cake

As the sun returns after many, chilly autumn like weeks in Wales, it appears we are due 2 days of summer. So after weeks of baking some very unseasonal bakes (there may have been gingerbread, it’s been cold out there), the sudden hit of vitamin D has me inspired once again. The windows are agape, …