Plum Pie

First of all, apologies - I don't mean to turn this into a food blog. It is simply down to the fact that August and September yield so much of our lovely homegrown vegetables and fruit, that it is hard not to come up with some mouth-watering recipes. My little daughter loves to toddle off … Continue reading Plum Pie

Homemade Damson Jam

I have been holding this post back a little while because I was still trying to work out the best way to make it in my breadmaker. The general recipe suggests I use gelatine or pudding powder, something I wanted to avoid for obvious reasons. I tried agar-agar instead, which is a jelly-like substance obtained … Continue reading Homemade Damson Jam

Five Green Footprints

It is already a week into "Plastic-free July" and posts on tips and ideas on how to do this are dominating the media. Here are a few of the top picks. 1.Greenpeace is currently drawing out a plan to protect our oceans: The Global Ocean Treaty. Apart from plastic pollution, oceans face their greatest threats by industrial … Continue reading Five Green Footprints

Homemade Granola quick and easy

Homemade granola is a good alternative to well-known brands like Kellog's, Nestlé or supermarket-owned ones. They usually contain too much sugar and the packaging is hardly ever recyclable. Even if it says so on the packet, there is no guarantee the council will take it. Other issues are the microplastics which can come off the … Continue reading Homemade Granola quick and easy

How to make mince pies without a biscuit cutter

While I am hoping you have all emerged from the festive period with some ambitious (or perhaps not so ambitious) resolutions for the New year, my apologies in advance for this post - I am already blogging about the next Christmas theme. And quite a British one at that. I for one had never heard … Continue reading How to make mince pies without a biscuit cutter