kitchen garden, Uncategorized, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary

June 2020

We started this month riding on the high of an unusually warm spring, and with all of the vigorous growth that brings. Since then, June has seen deluges and thunderstorms, and more recently soaring temperatures in the early thirties! And yet while I have at times struggled with the whiplash of this month's extremes, the… Continue reading June 2020

Pigs in duvets sausage rolls
Christmas, Christmas Food, Comfort food, Easy recipe, Pastry, Puff Pastry, Recipe, Sausages, Uncategorized, Winter, Winter Food

‘Pigs in Duvets’ Sausage and Bacon Roll Recipe

Okay, first, let me explain my logic here. We’re all familiar with the concept of pigs in blankets: those delicious festive parcels of sausages wrapped up in streaky bacon, frankly so good I’m still not sure why we only eat them at Christmas… And of course, sausage rolls (the kind that come wrapped in puff… Continue reading ‘Pigs in Duvets’ Sausage and Bacon Roll Recipe

Schwartz Sausage Casserole
Comfort food, One pot recipe, Product review, Recipe, Review, Sausages, Uncategorized, Winter Food

Schwartz review & Sausage Casserole Recipe

[SPONSORED: this post includes a review of a gifted product] At this time of year, a comforting sausage casserole is the exactly the kind of dinner I want to enjoy on a cold evening, and with Schwartz Sausage Casserole Recipe Mix, getting the flavour just right is easy. With a flavourful combination of herbs and… Continue reading Schwartz review & Sausage Casserole Recipe

Vintage M&S cookery books
Recipe books, thoughts, Uncategorized

Our ‘M&S Effect’: how 5 recipe books changed the way we eat

When I think of all of the foods and recipes available to us today, it seems mad to consider that this wasn’t always the case. In my kitchen, I am lucky enough to have access to a rich range of spices and ingredients, and the recipes to create something delicious. I grew up eating a… Continue reading Our ‘M&S Effect’: how 5 recipe books changed the way we eat

Chard: the leafy veg is the star of my autumn and winter garden
Grow your own, kitchen garden, Planning, Sustainable, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary

November 2019

Now, as we head into winter and the garden prepares for a long sleep until next year, there isn’t much more I can do outside. The leafy winter veg and hardy parsnips are still growing and garlics are already in, but most of the beds lie empty and I am working through adding a layer… Continue reading November 2019

Beetroot tart
Autumn, Bake, Baking, Beetroot, Cheese, Comfort food, dinner, easy, Easy recipe, Meat Free Monday, Pastry, Potato, Puff Pastry, Quick dinner, Recipe, Ricotta, Tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie

Beetroot, potato and ricotta tart recipe

With its beautiful deep colour and sweet flavour, beetroot is a versatile vegetable to cook with. The results are always comforting and full of flavour, as well as attractive; thanks to the pink kiss it gives to everything it touches. Having planted an entire pack of beet seeds this year (thanks to an incident on… Continue reading Beetroot, potato and ricotta tart recipe

Spicy Sausage Pasta Recipe
Chilli, Comfort food, dinner, easy, Easy recipe, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Quick dinner, Recipe, Spicy, Uncategorized

Quick and Easy Spicy Sausage Pasta Recipe

Fast becoming one of our best-loved midweek dinners, this spicy sausage pasta recipe is quick and easy to pull together, and has great flavour too. A note on sausages: For this recipe, I use our favourite thick spicy sausages from our local butcher, but you could use any high meat content sausages, or vegetarian ones… Continue reading Quick and Easy Spicy Sausage Pasta Recipe

Easy vegetable tagine recipe
Comfort food, Courgette, dinner, easy, Easy recipe, Healthy Recipes, Meat Free Monday, One pot recipe, Pepper, Recipe, Spices, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie

Easy Vegetable Tagine Recipe

This recipe is perfect to throw together quickly and leave to do its thing while you do yours. Vegetables soak up all of the delicious flavours from the spices, and it is perfect served with rice, couscous or flatbreads. I've used courgettes and peppers here, but feel free to swap in your favourite veggies. And… Continue reading Easy Vegetable Tagine Recipe

The Weighbridge Brewhouse: fillet steak
Eating out, Restaurant Review, Review, Uncategorized

The Weighbridge Brewhouse, Swindon: reinvigorated

Gifted post: complimentary 3 course meal for 5 I am forever complaining that there is a lack of restaurants in Swindon to eat at on occasions. Casual dinning, there is plenty of, but something a little more special? Not so much. As a result, we often end up going further afield to eat out, which… Continue reading The Weighbridge Brewhouse, Swindon: reinvigorated