Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild garlic pesto This recipe is for pesto made from wild garlic, or ransoms, which is in season in the early Spring in the UK. The pesto is pungent, delicious and made from wild garlic foraged from the woods, or Allium triquetrum which is what I have growing in my...
Broccoli and Lentil Soup

Broccoli and Lentil Soup

This is a very simple soup, made with just 4 ingredients, and saucepan to table in just 30 minutes. It contains a head of broccoli including all the stalk, red lentils, an onion and some seasoning. Change the broccoli to another vegetable and get a completely...
Books, Herons, Celandine and Tomatoes

Books, Herons, Celandine and Tomatoes

I’ve been reading some cracking books lately. It’s my turn to host the u3a book group and my choice was: The Reading List The back cover says When Mukesh Patel pops to the local library, forgoing his routine of grocery shopping and David Attenborough...
Mackerel Pâté & Crudités

Mackerel Pâté & Crudités

I bought a 200g packet of smoked mackerel fillets and wondered how I could stretch them into lovely meals for 2. The first one I tried was this recipe for mackerel pâté that is super simple and very delicious. What do I need to make mackerel pâté smoked mackerel...
Mixed vegetable quiche

Mixed vegetable quiche

A mixed vegetable quiche is a classic British dish that comes out very cheap with a bit of frugalisation. If you think quiche or flan sounds like something your granny makes, you could always call it a tart and feel all contemporary. If you decide to use the oil...
Healthier Nutella Alternative

Healthier Nutella Alternative

Healthier Nutella Alternative Do you like Nutella? It’s gorgeous stuff, kids can be addicted to it, it seems to go with everything and can be eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon. And probably often is! But… and there’s always a but isn’t there, the nutritional...
Cooking Up A Storm, Birthdays and Snow

Cooking Up A Storm, Birthdays and Snow

Had the cookery group round to my house on Tuesday, we meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. We have a lot of fun gathered around my kitchen island cooking 3 or 4 recipes each month which participants bear off home in their wicker baskets, just like school cooking...
Matilda and singing

Matilda and singing

I took my 15 year old grand daughter up to London recently to the stage show Matilda . I’d bought tickets as her Christmas treat. I’m trying to do more experiences rather than buying stuff. And who knows what a 15 year old wants anyway! I was just on the...
Why I don’t go to the sales

Why I don’t go to the sales

Why I don’t go to the sales The post Christmas sales have been going a while now, since before Christmas in fact. I am quite wary of sales for several reasons. Are they genuine reductions? I think we all have to have our wits well and truly about us if we are to...