Category Food


Drying borlotti beans from the garden

We managed to pick the last of the borlotti bean pods just before the weather changed. Drying borlotti beans is a way to preserve some of the harvest through the winter.  They are perfect to add to casseroles and stews. As they grow in during the summer, the bean plants have pretty pink flowers before the dark pink pods come.  They are a very decorative addition to the vegetable beds and versatile too as the […]

Drying borlotti beans on a tray

Apple and cinnamon breakfast bars

Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

These Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast bars are the result of a happy accident.  An experiment adapting a couple of  recipes so I could use the ingredients I had to hand. I wanted to make a bar that could  be eaten on the go for breakfast or added to packed lunches.  One of my November Aims was to try a new recipe featuring apples as we still have so many to use.  I’ve made a couple […]


November Aims: What I am doing this month

I thought I would try something different this month and share my November aims.  They usually stay tucked in my notebook and sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t.  I am curious to know whether sharing them will make me feel more accountable and more likely to tick them off. Being a bit of a “home body”, I enjoy time pottering around the house and garden with different projects on the go. Without further ado, here […]

November Aims

Victoria Plum Jam Recipe

Victoria Plum Jam Recipe

I have recently re-used an old Victoria Plum Jam recipe, here’s a jar I have made this year.. This brought to mind an event in early July 1981. At approximately 10:30 pm,  on NTM 873V, she was a beautiful Moto-Guzzi V50 II, To me the epitome of Italian style and class, as Italian as a gelato, an espresso, a cinquecento.  I digress though, what has this to do with Plum Jam? Well, that early July I was on […]