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.

MID SPRING IS FOR CUCURBITS

MID SPRING IS FOR CUCURBITS

Days warming up now, but with changeable weather continuing, often rain starting in the afternoon as the temperature drops. Frosts are also still well and truly on the agenda, but there is a lot can be done in the garden right now.

Early Spring is for beets

Early Spring is for beets

Cold nights and longer days – early Spring is ideal weather to plant beets, so here are our beet-files for you, plus a rippa quick recipe if you happen to have leftover beetroot from last year.💜

Three-trick pony

Three-trick pony

This is not a recipe, but a lesson I learned from my Gran about seeing past the recipe and looking at foods as resources first and meals second.

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.

{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’.

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