Growing Our Own

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 […]

Our first allotment produce

Our first allotment produce

Look what we dug up today ! our very first allotment produce. First Early Charlotte spuds. This was from five seed potatoes and i’m not sure if this a good haul or not, but its our haul and all organic. I don’t have lots of […]

Beautiful Blossom

Beautiful Blossom

I planted irises for the first time this year, irises remind me of my home growing up and of my mum and her little patch of irises in the corner of the front garden. Down the side of the garden runs an old stone wall […]

Lovely day at the allotment

GD and I spent a lovely few hours this morning at the allotment. Thought it was high time for an update. This bench is at the scruffy end of the plot behind a pre-existing raspberry patch, still to be cultivated area, where we make our […]