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.
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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...
It is the jam and marmalade making season, but if you still have jars taking up space from last year, then it may be time to turn them into seriously easy, forgiving and thoroughly yummy cake. This is especially for customers in the shop who have tasted this cake and asked for the recipe. Let’s go.
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’.
We love pie to use up leftovers and for quick harvest catch-ups. Don’t like blind baking, fuss or double-handling though… hmmm…
Too much fruit – need a use-lots-yummo-recipe that is neither pie nor jam…
It begins with the expected Brownie line-up, but departs from the usual with one secret ingredient. Take your brownies to the next level.
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.
What has a horse race got to do with tomatoes? It is all in the timing. Late Spring is for planting nightshades, so let’s get going.
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.
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.💜
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.
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.