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 […]


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 […]

Victoria Plum Jam Recipe

Foraging for Free Food

Foraging for Free Food

Autumn is my favourite season, a time for walks in the countryside, kicking leaves and foraging.  If you live on the edge of a town as we do, there is plenty to be found if you look around. We pick blackberries and use them to spark up our porridge in the morning, to make jam and to add to crumbles.  This year I want to try fruit leather too. Look at the perimeter of your […]