Environmentally Friendly Christmas Wreath.

Every year I make my own remembrance wreaths for graves and decorative ones for doors . I make them from  scratch but inevitably I end up using a small amount of wire or plastic in them but this year I have been trying to reduce my plastic usage and waste so I decided to make…

Stir up Sunday

Blimey, where did the year go ? It’s only a month to Christmas so my mind is turning to festive cooking. I really hate all the commercialism of Christmas but I absolutely love the traditions, the cooking , the baking, the homely cosy times. I’m not bothered about parties , works do’s and the getting…

Bread

Its been a while but after a summer and early autumn of gardening , pickling preserving ,winemaking ,foraging and generally non stop cooking my freezer and pantry shelves could take no more and neither could I, I was feeling a bit frazzled and I needed a rest away from all this cooking. After a fab…

Wine Making Weekend

One of the things that’s lovely about allotmenteering is the sharing that goes on between plots. One gardener’s glut can be a fellow plot holder’s need. So when a neighbouring allotmenteer asked hubby and I if we wanted his grapes we jumped at the opportunity with the idea of having a go at making proper…

Cornish Pasties

I don’t know why but I just can’t cook in small quantities, if I’m going to have a cook up I might as well do a lot rather than a little and get it stashed in the freezer. I’ve been terrible this year in my squirrelling of food into the freezer. I hope this isn’t…

Autumn On The Allotment

When the rain is lashing on the windows and the wind is howling there’s something almost primeval about huddling in the shed with the camping stove switched on full, eagerly anticipating the whistle of the kettle and a taste of a  well earned hot brew. I get pleasure down at my plot whatever the weather…

Baking Days

Wet and miserable days make me want to bake. It must stem from my childhood because on winter weekends mum and I would often get the mixing bowls out and bake. Perusing the Be-Ro baking book deciding what to create , the delight of licking the bowl ,and tadddah two hours later we would have…