Carrot Top Pesto

“Waste not, want not”, this is probably one of my favourite household sayings. Quite literally it means not to waste anything, because it might be needed in the future. It’s an age old saying, used mostly in terms of food as wise use of food resources will help to keep one from poverty. It’s a …

Tomato Chutney

Tomatoes… they comes in a whole array of size, colours & there are so many varieties that they run into the thousands! Technically a fruit but most often used a vegetable in savoury dishes, most tomatoes have a sweet, gently tangy flavour which tastes just as good raw as it does cooked. This year, I’ve …

Nutella & Raspberry Babka

It’s that time of year where I find myself with an awful lot of jam & preserves knocking around the kitchen (often piled high in dark corners or precariously balanced onto shelves).¬†Whilst they will last perfectly well stored in this way for many months to come, occasionally look at the piles of jars & get …

Courgette Galette

If you haven’t already guessed it by now, I’ve got a massive glut of courgettes to use up this summer! Since early June, my worktops have yet to be without an array of round, green gourds piled high upon them, in fact I would probably find it rather strange if they weren’t there at this …

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 …

Nectarine & Pistachio Loaf

In season right now are nectarines. Yes, they’re basically peaches but without the fuzzy skin. In season from about May through to October, they’re at their best between July & August though. These pretty round, yellow-red stone fruits are actually a type of peach, however nectarines are smaller, firmer & whilst being slightly more acidic, …

Courgette Jam

It would seem that my mission to use up an entire garden’s worth of courgettes isn’t over just yet (I still have around 8 sat on my worktop right now & we’re having courgette for tea). I would say lesson learned, don’t grow so many damn courgettes next year, but truth be told I’ve enjoyed …

Courgette & Lemon Muffins

How many courgettes are too many? A question I’ve been asking myself quite a lot over the past few weeks as I’ve found my kitchen overrun with plump little (or not in some cases!) ronde de nice courgettes. Lesson most definitely learned for next year, this variety is very easy to germinate, so maybe don’t …