Size Does Matter

I can’t believe we’ve had 5B for almost 6 years. 6 years!! It’s crazy as we still feel like newbies but yet I suppose we have learnt a lot of skills over those years.  More importantly  we’ve grown actual real vegetables and we’ve eaten them too. Our allotment was definitely our safe place and refuge…

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Last year an awesome friend shared this recipe with me and since then I’ve passed the link onto another couple of friends. If you like comfort food you need to make it. I’m not a big fan of Gnocchi or Pumpkin as a vegetable, but I could eat these every day! This is the link…

Nigella’s Mine All Mine Sweet and Salty Chocolate Cookies

Surely we all love Nigella. She says she’s a home cook not a chef so really she’s just like me, only I don’t have the same amazing camera angles in my small Yorkshire kitchen! Recently on her Cook, Eat, Repeat BBC series she made these amazing cookies. At the time I said to Mr C,…

Pumpkin, Cranberry and Pistachio Blondies

I’ve never made a Blondie until now. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate so have always avoided eating them never mind baking some. Plus when I’ve seen them in coffee shops they often looked like hard overbaked cakes. I know, I shouldn’t presume I won’t like them! But white chocolate does that to…

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was given this recipe when my son was a little boy… he was 28 a couple of days ago! It’s a tasty cake topped with a delicous chocolate fudge icing. The magic ingredient that makes this taste so good is Evaporated Milk! This was part of my childhood in the 1970s when we used…

Crunchie

This is another recipe that I’ve inherited over the years and have decided to share. It was given to me in the mid 1990s by my sister in law’s mum. It’s a great traybake recipe to make for bake sales, it’s quick and easy to make and more importantly it tastes delicious. Use a vegan…

Potatoes In A Cake?

Yes… Potatoes can go in a cake… no joke… and it’s absolutely delicious. One of my favourite cookery books was gifted to me by Lynn Hill of Clandestine Cake Club. As we had recently got our allotment she thought I might enjoy some new baking ideas and she was right, this has become a well…

Saag Paneer

When we went up to our plot last weekend we found I’d finally mastered growing spinach! I think the trick is to sow it mid summer so that it doesn’t have time to bolt but yet it has enough warmth to grow so that you can pick it weekly. What to make with a huge…

Pasteis de Nata – Portugese Custard Tarts

While watching Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix last night I felt I had to have some Portugese Custard Tarts in my life! Luckily Tesco were bringing our shopping today so last night I quickly added a lemon and some ready rolled puff pastry to my order as I had all the other ingredients already. We’ve…

Boysenberry Jelly

It’s Jamming time of year! When we first got our allotment I bought two Boysenberry bushes and we’ve had some great harvests over the last 5 years.When he was little the Curly One loved Bramble Jelly.We’ve discovered there’s one thing in the world that’s even tastier than homemade Bramble Jelly and that’s Boysenberry Jelly.It takes…

Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

At the beginning of the UK Lockdown for Coronavirus in March 2020 I slightly over ordered tinned chickpeas. Since then I’ve used one tin… so what to do with the rest? After mooching around the WWW for a while I decided to try roast some. There are lots of recipes out there but this is…

Raspberry Jam Recipe

There is nothing tastier than homemade jam made from homegrown or foraged fruit. We have some Blush Raspberries on our allotment, they were rescued from Mr C’s old workplace. He brought home one very desperate looking cane about 3 years ago. We planted it up and it’s flourished and multiplied and this year has given…