VEGETABLES FOR VALENTINES DAY

Give me a basket of freshly dug home grown vegetables any time, rather than a bunch of imported hothouse flowers! Although I must confess to a pang of regret at pulling up the last of my precious charges, leaving only the kale and cavolo nero which will rapidly start going to seed as soon as…

Ginger Beer

What could be more environmentally friendly than making your own soft drinks without any plastic or chemicals! Once you have tasted real Ginger Beer, made with nothing other than fresh root ginger, water, sugar , lemon juice and cream of tartar, along with the extaordinary substance known as Ginger Beer Plant, or GBP for short,…

When an Alpha Male ruptures his quadriceps tendon

The third week in November 2017 was a shitty week. A really good friend shot herself after losing the will to live, having battled with years of terrible depression. Two days later , our wonderful friend and next- door neighbour Julie, who was my very first follower of this blog, died under anaesthetic whilst undergoing a…

Apple Tart

What a lovely, easy pudding for Sunday Lunch. Using up some of my Greensleeves Apples- a sort of a cross between Golden Delicious and Granny Smith- which were picked in August and stored in an old refridgerator in an outhouse, all I needed to add was a sheet of bought puff pastry, some ground almonds,…

An Autumn Dinner Party that ticks all the boxes

It was quite by accident that I created a menu for a dinner party that we had last night, which ticked nearly every ethical, environmental, health and taste box! I had a feast which was gluten-free,  wheat-free ,mostly organic or wild, zero-food miles ( well practically, if you don’t count the butter, sugar and olive…