June brings a glut of Strawberries, and what can you do with them?

Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Ice Cream and Strawberry Compote! Just don’t freeze them, as they seriously deteriorate when frozen whole. First, my incredibly simple Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe, this will make 4 litres for all the family to enjoy over the summer, or for one great big party. No Ice Cream Maker required! Simply take 2lbs…

SPAGHETTI WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Never underestimate the deliciousness of this amazingly economical but very nutritious and simple dish. If you have a quantity of cherry tomatoes which need eating, a glut of homegrown, or even some rather sad-looking bought imported tomatoes, then as long as you can find some spaghetti, olive oil, a small onion, two or three garlic…

Giant Beetroot

This is what happens if you leave a non- monogerm variety of beetroot in the ground all winter. This is Beetroot Chioggia. Fit only for animal fodder now, although they are delicious when young. And the potatoes are in! This year I am growing Epicure, Arran Victory, Belle de Fontenay, Charlotte, King Edward and Pink…

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…

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…