Banana and Apple Fruit Cake

Mr C is recovering from having his Appendix removed a few days ago. The really sad news is that we have a few bananas that have gone very evil! I’m not a fan of ripe bananas and over ripe ones are just plain evil! There were also a couple of apples that looked in need…

Ginger Cake

As you know I love hiding vegetables in sweet treats. We’ve had success with courgettes, beetroot, pumpkin and parsnips… what next you ask? The humble potato! I baked this cake in a tin I recently found in a local TK Maxx. It’s very similar to a Bundt tin but cannot be called a Bundt as…

Zesty Parsnip and Honey Cake

The combination of parsnips and honey instantly makes me think of roast dinners and comfort food and especially Christmas Dinner! We’ve had a mixed year on the allotment with our parsnips in 2019. Partly my fault as I didn’t know parsnip seeds weren’t viable for more than one year so not many seeds germinated on…

Spiced Pumpkin Syrup

Over the last few years we all seem to have fallen in love with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Pumpkins are everywhere at the moment which means it’s autumn so here’s the perfect recipe so you can make your own syrup. Use in coffee or hot chocolate or add to some agave or maple syrup and pour…

Leek and Pea Dumpling Curry

I found this recipe from online Delicious Magazine I wanted to try it because we could use lots of home grown veg from our allotment. The curry itself was lovely but our dumplings did collapse and become very watery. We put the pan back on the hob and removed the lid, they soon plumped up…

Courgette Scarpaccia

Working through all our lovely courgettes from the allotment one meal at a time! I found this recipe on the Olive Magazine website. It states that this can be sweet or savoury and that it’s a kind of Tuscan pancake/tart hybrid. As for Scarpaccia… it apparently means ‘Old Shoe!’ Basicaly it should be as thin…

Banana & Berry Museli Cake

Bananas?! Why do they exist? I don’t like them and I don’t understand them. I can’t even ‘unzip’ them. Don’t laugh! It’s like peeling an orange, it’s impossible! Humans should not have to unpeel bananas! We often end up with dead bananas in the house. If there’s anything worse than a banana it’s the smell…

Onion, Courgette and Tomato Pilaf

Our courgettes are growing well so I’ve been spending time googling recipe ideas. Why we call them courgettes and the rest of the world call them zucchini… I have no idea! Taking inspiration from three or four recipes this is what I came up with. The point of growing our own veg is to eat…

Courgette and Tomato Savoury Bake

Another great recipe idea for using your home grown produce. I used courgette and tomatoes but you could alter this depending on what you’re harvesting through the season. Ingredients 1 large onion, sliced 56g butter 400g courgettes, finely sliced and excess liquid squeezed out 225g tomatoes, sliced Dried basil 40g plain flour 440ml semi skimmed…

Courgette, Almond, Rosemary and Lemon Cake

I’m still trying to find new recipe ideas to use courgettes from our allotment. This is a cake that I found on the Tesco.com website which I highly recommend. This recipe used 300g of courgette from our allotment and rosemary that we grow at home in our garden. I baked this cake in a 20cm…

Blackberry Vodka

We’ve done numerous fruit gins but thought we’d try using vodka for a change and being late August blackberries are the perfect fruit to use. The headgerows are full of berries at this time of year. Blackberries start as small green clusters and get bigger and darker throughout August and September. Be careful of the…

Chocolate Brownie

After trying many brownie recipes over the years this is still my favourite go to recipe. The best part is that it’s cocoa based rather than using huge amounts of chocolate and I always have cocoa in the house! Ingredients: 210g butter or margerine 375g caster sugar 105g cocoa 100g plain flour 3 large eggs,…