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 …

Plum & Ginger Cake

You know that summer is drawing to a close when British plums come into season (I have mixed feelings of both loss & excitement about this). Available from mid-august through to October, plums are one of the juiciest of all stone fruits, a real late summer treat to lead us into autumn. Whilst plums can …

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 …