Growing Our Own

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 […]

Allotment Glut Casserole

Allotment Glut Casserole

Every year at the allotment, and this year is no exception, GD and I find ourselves knee deep in oversized courgettes. This homemade recipe is one of my favourites for turning a bland vegetable into a tasty nutritious meal, featuring courgette, garlic, celery, onion, tomato, […]

Pickled Beetroot

Pickled Beetroot

It’s that time of year again when the beetroots are just flourishing, everytime I go to the allotment more are just laying, having grown so much, atop the earth. Pickling when preserving is my favourite way to put some by for later in the year when […]

Allotment Bounty

Allotment Bounty

This is our first year at our allotment and after all the hardwork GD and I put in over the autumn and winter months we are amazed at all the wonderful crops we are harvesting now and have been harvesting since the weather warmed up […]

Marinated Broad Beans

Marinated Broad Beans

I  was looking for different ways to make the most of the abundant broad bean crop growing on the allotment this year and I came across an idea for marinated beans. So raiding my cupboard I managed to make up the following marinade.  Fills a […]

June Harvest ‘Broad Bean Hummus’dip.

June Harvest ‘Broad Bean Hummus’dip.

I am an absolute fan of hummus so when GD found this recipe for broad bean hummus I was very excited to give it a go. Our broad bean crop from the allotment has exceeded all expectation, it is the first time we have grown […]