Growing Our Own

January allotment update

January allotment update

Morning at the allotment, January sunshine. The seaview always amazes me  This place is just so full of magic, the kids maze and little house willow arch to the tiered tyre seat theatre where weddings sometimes take place, frame for the big yurt which goes […]

Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 4th Parsnip Soup recipe. Dilemmas of  purchases.

Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 4th Parsnip Soup recipe. Dilemmas of purchases.

So today we need to go buy milk out of the £25 budget, we get through around 4 litres a week minimum for 4/5 of us. Do we keep with the farm milk at £1.50 a litre or go with supermarket organic at £1.15, saving […]

Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 3rd Storm Eleanor and Lentil soup

Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 3rd Storm Eleanor and Lentil soup

All our beetroot is in now from the allotment, I have made it into soup and into ice cream, drunk it in juices, I have pickled, spiced, baked, boiled and roasted it, eaten it raw in salads, given it to neighbours, to friends, to relatives […]

Why we moved to Cornwall

Why we moved to Cornwall

I was recently given some questions to think about and as a result, I have written this blog post as I pondered over how to answer them. In the summer of 2015 GD and I were still living in a 3 bedroomed terraced house on […]

Why I am making Christmas crackers this year

Why I am making Christmas crackers this year

When GD and I moved down to Cornwall we wanted to step out of our automated London life and connect more deeply to the natural rhythms of nature. In the 30 months we have been here we have worked towards a more sustainable lifestyle, securing […]

Thrifty Banana and lemon Ice cream

Thrifty Banana and lemon Ice cream

So I have a very clever hubby who while I have been busy pickling cucumbers http://cornwallnan.co.uk/2014/08/pickling-cucumber-recipie/ this afternoon and making pear and apple juice for pasteurizing hubby has been very creatively making the most delicious banana and lemon ice cream. What is so clever about […]

Seasonal Parsnip and Ginger Soup

Seasonal Parsnip and Ginger Soup

Oh my oh my! GD and I have been so busy this year processing all the wonderful food that has been coming from the allotment and the few deep beds in the back garden. Chutneys, soups, pickles, jams, ketchup, marinades and we’ve made rhubarb wine […]

Blackberry and Apple jam

Blackberry and Apple jam

The blackberries are ready to harvest here in Cornwall, maybe it is the milder weather down south but for me originally from London this a few weeks earlier than expected. But as the apple trees are also heaving with ripe fruit it is the perfect […]

Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

I needed to cook a dish for eight people with just ingredients from the store cupboard. I found this recipe which fit the bill perfectly. It was originally aimed at students to make a nutritious and cheapish meal and I tweaked it a little bit […]

Apple pie and a Solar Eclipse

Apple pie and a Solar Eclipse

To mark the solar eclipse last night GD, myself, my youngest and my eldest boys, daughter in law and two youngest grandsons gathered round a small fire, to chat and snuggle and roast marshmallows in the flames. In the U.K. it was never going to […]