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…

Hazelnut and Chocolate Torte

Using our own homegrown hazelnuts, so much pleasure was derived from this relatively simple but delicious cake. I am not at all sure if it would taste the same using shop- bought imported nuts, but it would probably work quite well. If you do not have your own hazelnuts, then go and plant a couple…

One Pot Cooking, Shoulder of Lamb with Vegetables and Rice

It really is a case of using only one Pot for this recipe. Here, I am putting everything into a tagine. This is a wonderful piece of kitchenware which can be used for many dishes other than traditional North African tagines, or spicy stews. The earthenware ones are by far the best, and get one…