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 …

Pistachio & Pansy Shortbread

Curiouser and curiouser… one of my favourite garden flowers each year are the pansies. One of the first pops of colour to appear in the springtime, I love the variety of colours that these baby-faced little beauties add, they’re excellent in borders, in baskets & on my plate. If I had to pinpoint my love …

Nasturtium Pesto

If it’s free, edible or can be foraged, you can bet I’ll be all over it! Not only do I hate any form of food waste in the kitchen but nothing quite beats the satisfaction of finding new & wonderful uses for things around the garden (particularly if you get to eat it!). Hidden between …

Blackcurrant Jam

How much jam is too much jam? I’m hoping there’s no actual answer to that question because all I seem to be doing at the moment is making jam & chutneys as a means to use up garden gluts & preserve my favourite seasonal ingredients (that & I really like jam). Once we’ve gotten the …

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 …

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

There aren’t many thing’s in life that can’t be improved with a little peanut butter. Be it chunky or smooth, spread thickly on toast or dolloped into a bowl of porridge… this sweet, salty, nutty spreads uses have no bounds. No self-respecting pantry should be without a jar peanut butter, smooth or chunky, it doesn’t …

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 …