September 29, 2014
Stone-baked pizza - from a barbecue. Maybe we don't need that fancy wood fired oven after all.
March 20, 2014
This year I am not going to start anything from seed. If you see me at the garden centre, staring goggle-eyed at the seed packets of pretty yet unfeasible vegetables, please drag me away.
August 26, 2013
Damn it. I have just realised that these are accidentally kind of healthy, so dip in plenty of mayonnaise.
July 14, 2013
I just tried smoking for the first time. I know, I know, I probably shouldn't, but all the cool kids were doing it and I wanted to see what it was like.
May 28, 2013
In the midst of enjoying some beautiful Bank Holiday weekend weather, Claire and I discussed the fact that it would be nice that evening to sit outside around a fire pit...
August 17, 2012
I love beetroot. Back in the 70's when on holiday I used to fill my plate with purple vinegary slices because it was something I recognised. These candy striped Choggia roots take my beety love to a whole new level.
May 31, 2012
Some things are worth getting up early for. The first one is a cup of tea and the second is the promise of a pulled pork pitta. This pork is dry rubbed with coffee and cooked all day. You're welcome.
April 21, 2012
We had an hour of silliness in the garden today that involved a bit of animation. What did you spend your afternoon doing?
April 20, 2012
For an update on how we are getting on with our chickens, click on the photo to see our post on Fennel and Fern Gardening blog. This is a link to the chicken coop we chose and we are really happy with: COCOON CHICKEN COOP HEN HOUSE POULTRY ARK NEST BOX NEW WITH ROOF TO […]
February 22, 2012
It was a dreary wet morning in Derbyshire, so I set about the housework. The rainy skies and domestic chores left me feeling that I needed a tasty lunch to perk me up. I scoured the kitchen and garden for inspiration: Witch hazel and snowdrops offered the only glimpse of colour in the garden. The […]
November 28, 2011
Our boy is pleased as punch today because this: …arrived in the post this morning. It’s 5 months since he rescued Ray The Bird. George wrote a post about it, but it was our Twitter friend @LicklePickle that suggested writing to Blue Peter to see if it might earn him a badge: Since Ray flew away George […]
October 25, 2011
So we’ve ridden the chutney wave and come out the other side. This year we are on a chutney break as we still have some of our own creations left and a few from family members and friends to work through. But late in the season we ended up with a couple of mini gluts. […]
October 2, 2011
Every year we get a pumpkin or two and have great plans of what we are going to carve into it. Every year George get’s bored after about 10 minutes of seed scooping and goes off to do something else. I end up standing in the kitchen with pumpkin goo up my sleeves wondering why I […]
September 20, 2011
Last week I found myself with a surfeit of pears. The one and only William pear from my own little tree, plus a whole basket of mixed pears from my friendly neighbours. I used the soft William pears in another Pear and Almond Cake but still had lots of conference pears left. I knew that […]
August 29, 2011
Me and the Tayberry are going to fall out. It promises fragrant purple berries, but at the moment the rewards are outweighed by the strife. In spring 2010 I planted a raspberry, a loganberry and a tayberry against the brick wall that runs alongside our vegetable beds. I wrote about the reasons for choosing the […]
July 21, 2011
Our front lawn has barely any grass. It’s been taken over by ‘self heal’, daisies, buttercups and clover. Inspired by what seems to grow well in this sunny dry spot I filled my boot with lavender and thyme. I’ll let you know how my garden grows. _________________ Here is a little more about how it […]
June 23, 2011
Hello everyone, George here. This weeks homework word was ‘Pond’ so I decided to build a miniature pond in the garden. I used a stone trough that I used to grow some little plants in. First I filled it with soil then I collected moss from around the garden to make some grass. Next I […]