Citrusy Mince Pies

Hello lovelies! Today is a beautiful, clear, cold December day here in Cheshire. I’m trying very hard to ignore the political debacle that has been raging in Westminster over the past 24 hours. Honestly, I’m so sick of hearing about Brexit and all that goes with it. I feel like fleeing to some tiny cottage in the Welsh hills that has …

A Round-up of Summer Harvest & Preserving Posts

We are hitting our garden produce stride at the moment and when you have an abundance of something, whether it is homegrown or in season and available in the supermarkets, I believe in taking every opportunity to preserve the harvest. This is one of the great summer rituals that stretches into autumn. My preserving year usually starts with making Elderflower Cordial …

Frugal Friday :: Cooking From Scratch

So I’m a day late in posting this post, my apologies for that. This week I started my new part-time job and on the same day, I had an interview for a voluntary role I hope to take on next year after my contract ends. More on that another time but needless to say I was a little preoccupied. Today I …

Late August Harvest

It’s ‘that’ time of the year again, busy busy like a little squirrel, preserving the harvest to enjoy during those long, cold, dark months of winter. I picked loads of apples and plums on Saturday. I spent Saturday afternoon dealing with the apples. My plan for these apples was to make it all into apple sauce as I use it in various …

Storing Summer’s Bounty

Being a natural born home-keeper, I love the opportunity to potter about my home making it a haven and spending time in the kitchen creating delicious nourishing food for my family. These summer months are wonderful because I have the opportunity of preserving fruits in season and foraging the hedgerows. I love to do this so that we have a taste …

Rusk Recipe

One of my dear readers asked me to share the recipe for rusks – a popular South African (from our Afrikaans dutch roots) sort of biscuit. These are very firm to hard and ideal for dunking in your morning (or anytime) coffee/tea. I know that a few English friends of mine struggle to understand what’s so amazing about this ‘biscuit’, but …