Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Today I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I still look the same. My mind is willing but my body isn’t always able. Don’t judge people by their age or how they look and presume they’re okay! And if you see me and I’m struggling don’t ignore me! I am still me! Sharon x 22…

Clandestine Cake Club

Clandestine Cake Club If you still haven’t heard about Clandestine Cake Club you really are missing out… missing out on lots of cake as well as meeting lovely people who also love cake! It doesn’t cost money to join CCC, we just ask that you buy a couple of drinks at events to say thank you…

Edward 8th Post Boxes – EVIII

Edward 8th Post Boxes *Latest update 5 October 2014 –  92 EVIII post boxes found from our list* Post boxes are all around us but how many of us notice them?  We mainly see a familiar red and black post box.  They’re actually part of our social history, and they’re not all the same.  They all bear…

Hello Paper Lover Subscription

The newest subscription on the block is Hello Paper Lover! It sold itself with the title!  I find beauty and make up subscriptions can get a bit much as how many mascara can one girl use at once? Especially when that girl has only got bottom eyelashes thanks to alopecia! 😦  Being a tight Yorkshire…

And Then It Was November…

How did we get to November so quickly? It doesn’t seem long since I was planting my pumpkin seeds in Spring and now we’re eating them in soup and cakes! All that nurture and love and then I come at them with a carving knife… my poor babies!Things are still growing up at the allotment……

Roasted Vegetable Soup

My latest allotment alchemy involved the oven rather than a huge cauldron on the hob! I sprayed my oven trays with some spray olive oil. On one tray I put chopped pumpkin, red onions, garlic cloves and tomatoes eith some sea salt, black pepper and dried basil along with a few more sprays of olive…

Spiced Parsnip Soup and Potato, Leek and Allotment Greens Soup

So I don’t do runny food except cream, custard and Heinz Cream Of Tomato Soup… no silly… not all together!  Having an allotment means we have to think of ways to use our vegetables so because Mr C does like runny food we have to make soup! My last two cauldron full of evil have…

September Already!

It’s 3rd September today and we’re not ready for harvest yet on many of our crops at the allotment and we could do with it being more than 14 degrees! Brrrr it’s a tad chilly up here! Sunshine and warmth please come back soon. Our Bug Hotel and wild area has lots of blackberries growing….

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon At RHS Harlow Carr

I wanted to show Mr C the raised bed area as well as the allotment plot at Harlow Carr. Today was a perfect day for a visit… flowers and vegetables galore… Brass Band music… Ice Cream… Betty’s and a Fat Rascal! Yorkshire at its best! If you’re in the area RHS Harlow Carr is a…

Chocolate Beetroot Bundt Cake

Having an allotment makes me think about what to grow and how I can use our produce throughout the year. It isn’t all about how to store what we harvest or savoury dishes we can make, it’s also about sweet treats as cake is something I love to bake and also eat. Tonight we held…

Meet Our Rhubarb

I don’t know if it’s part of being a Yorkshire Lass but I have always loved rhubarb. Even when it was soggy and stringy in the 70’s it tasted good, especially in a crumble! Mr C didn’t like rhubarb til he met me! He had bad memories of it from the 70’s! We now have…

The Glorious 12th up at the allotment

Onions pulled today and left to dry in the sunshine for a couple of days. More blackberries picked, some peas popped and a few early few leeks pulled up too! There’s lots of beautiful flowers and tasty food up on 4B and 5B this month. 

Allotment Pizza

Great tea tonight using kale, red onion, beetroot, basil and garlic from our allotment. I cheated with bought pizza bases that I already had in that needed using. I made a pesto by blitzing kale with two pickled garlic cloves, whole almonds, parmesan cheese and some rape seed oil. I also added some chilli rape…

DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine

I am loving my new kitchen gadget that I bought this week. I was sick of drinking bland coffee in my own home so meet my new Dolce Gusto coffee pod machine.  I bought mine for £39 from Tesco Direct and there was a £10 voucher code to buy direct from the Dolce Gusto website.  My…

Pasta With Courgettes 

Having an allotment I’m always looking for recipes to use with our homegrown goodies. I found this a few weeks ago and finally cooked it for lunch today using my mum as a guinea pig. Mum and I had been for a swim and were hungry… this was quick to cook and tasted blooming delicious….