to plate…

home made lemon butter

WE MAKE simple meals & pantry staples – not everything, just the easy stuff. Our aims are to use whole foods with the least waste, replace bought staples, and make the most of our seasonal opportunities. Moreover, we also have two teenage boys in the house. It is super important to make meals that bring what we have in the garden to the plate, plus a simple pantry.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden to plate progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Broadbean harvest

Broadbean harvest

Growing broadbeans is easy.. but harvest time can be overwhelming. Here is the easiest way to get those babies into the freezer to enjoy over weeks ahead.

Three-trick pony

Three-trick pony

I used to live with my Gran when I went to university. She taught me a lot about making good food, eating simply and making do. It has had a strong influence on how we live now.

{sshh} Killer Brownies

{sshh} Killer Brownies

It begins with the expected Brownie line-up, but departs from the usual with one secret ingredient. Take your brownies to the next level.

Naked Citrus

Naked Citrus

Peel your citrus BEFORE you peel them 😉🍊🍋

Apples for breakfast

Apples for breakfast

It's apple season. We got apples coming out of our whatsitz. Apple crumble, apple sauce and freezing apples for later are all on the schedule. For me though, nothing beats a freshly cooked apple for breakfast. By 'breakfast', those who know me know that's more likely...

Staub, my one-pot.

Staub, my one-pot.

My handsome cast iron 5.2L Staub Cocotte with Steamer, and boy is it earning its keep. The steamer on top takes it to a new level, so we get two ways to cook in every meal.

Rex, old faithful.

Rex, old faithful.

Rex is our old faithful. No, not a dog, a jar. Rex jars. They and their WECK cousins preserve, store, display and celebrate your food beautifully. Zero plastic, oven, freezer and microwave safe too.

My metal funnel

My metal funnel

We want to love and buy local rather than import, reduce plastics and consumption of single use glass given it has a far lower rate of recycling than metal/tin. Let’s do both, with a metal funnel.

The Stock Cycle

The Stock Cycle

We grow, make and store, but that’s not near the whole story.
In order to really make the most of our resources, and reduce food waste, we need to be sure every single edible part of the plants we grow can be used. This is the ‘stock cycle’.

Herbs, cut & freeze.

Herbs, cut & freeze.

Some folks dry herbs, but I like freezing. I freeze enough for the whole year. Shallow containers stack beautifully and are not so deep as to make the contents inaccessible. Here are my top tips for harvest and freeze of herbs.

Rocket pesto, the leafy green miracle.

Rocket pesto, the leafy green miracle.

So you’ve grown rocket from seed and now frankly you’re inundated with it. Some will keep for seed, some go into salads etc, but still… a glut remains. The answer is pesto. Yum.

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