We love to grow fruit and veg. After converting our garden to a kitchen garden many years ago, we also look on a local allotment plot in 2010.

Honey Goats’ Cheese Toasts On Little Gem Leaves

Incorporating home grown produce into your meals needn’t be complicated. This recent lunch used romaine lettuce picked fresh from the garden and served as it was, without any dressing. This is a very quick and simple lunch using just four ingredients. Honey Goats’ Cheese Toasts On Little Gem Leaves Ingredients bread – your choice, ours ... Read more »

My Hallowe’en Courgette

You’ve seen my (first ever) Hallowe’en Pumpkin.   Now, please put your hands together for my Hallowe’en Courgette! We grow courgettes in our back garden most years and usually choose the spherical yellow ones, just because they’re a bit different. This little guy, though much smaller than most carving pumpkins, was a little long in ... Read more »

Hix’ Baked Parsnips with Lancashire Cheese

Why are we eating parsnips in the summer? Well… we grow our own vegetables and, last year, we planted parsnips for the first time. Early January was rainy and miserable and we left much of our winter crop in the ground for longer than we should have. So we urgently harvested a bumper crop of ... Read more »

Pete’s “Courgette ‘Saka”

During my August trip to Dusseldorf (for work), Pete was keen to find new ways to use some of the beautiful courgettes we’ve been growing in the garden. When he told me of about the moussaka-like dish he made one night (using courgettes instead of aubergine) I insisted he make it again as soon as ... Read more »

Golden Yellow Courgettes

W’eve been harvesting more beautiful produce from the garden! Despite the mildewy leaves, the courgette plants seem to be fruiting happily. We picked three beautiful specimens, leaving a number of smaller fruits to grow bigger. As you can see,the three courgettes came to a whopping 828 grams and we used them, chopped, in a huge ... Read more »

The Month of Peas

In June we thrilled to the taste of our (first ever) home-grown sugarsnap peas, enjoying good yields eaten raw in crunchy, flavoursome salads. July will be the month of our (first ever) regular peas! We’ve been growing our own vegetables for several years now and have been enjoying savoy cabbage, leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes and ... Read more »

Our first harvest of home-grown potatoes!

On Sunday Pete harvested the first of our home-grown potatoes from our back garden “allotment” – a variety called Edzell Blues! Of the 10 plants he’s grown he harvested the potatoes from just 2 of them which came to a little over 2 kilos. Apparently our yields would have been even higher if he’d earthed ... Read more »