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.

My Beautiful Fruit Tart with Blackberries, Golden Raspberries, Bananas and Chocolate

The yellow raspberries I harvested from the allotment recently were so beautiful I wanted to make something pretty enough to do them justice. Having filled a couple of tubs with blackberries too, a fruit tart seemed an ideal way of putting both to good use. I’ve peered through the windows of countless patisseries, admiring the ... Read more »

Berry Delights

Every few days, Pete harvests a handful of plump sweet raspberries and tiny wild strawberries from the back garden. The raspberries have that perfect balance between tart and sweet and that special flavour that distinguishes them from their fellow Rubus fruits. The teeny tiny wild strawberries in particular are a revelation; the flavour is very ... Read more »

Small Fruits

Popping over to the allotment yesterday to show it to a visiting friend, we harvested a small box of fruit and some pretty borage flowers, for use as a salad garnish. (The lettuce is growing in the kitchen garden at home and is very nice indeed now it’s hearting up, meaning lots more crunch). Fruit ... Read more »

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 »