Cooking, Garden

Herby salt

After having a bit of a prune in the garden we soon found that we had a larger amount of sage and rosemary than we had expected.  Usually the prunings get dried for later use.  However the sage is trying to take over a corner of one of the borders, and there are now three… Continue reading Herby salt

Cooking, Garden, Number 28, Recipe

Home Made Turkish Delight

I've always fancied making Turkish delight, but have never really been brave enough to give it a go through fear of a colossal mess and catastrophic failure.  However there comes a time when you've got to be brave and give it a shot.  I'd decided to make this for Pops for Fathers Day, and after… Continue reading Home Made Turkish Delight

Cooking, Firfield, Garden, Vegetables

Beetroot Crisps: Take Two

We've had a lot of success with beetroot this year, both at Number 28 and at Firfield.  While this is good news, there is only so much beetroot that you can eat, cook, trade, give away, dye with (and the list goes on!) something needed to be done with the glut.  After all, Tyrrell's can make… Continue reading Beetroot Crisps: Take Two

Cooking, Fruit

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core..." -- To Autumn, John Keats   Over the past few… Continue reading Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Cooking, Garden, Recipe

Home-made Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish is one of those plants that, once it escapes its pot, will attempt to take over your garden.  It isn't related to mint, but they share the same ideals when it comes to being prolific.  The horseradish at Number 28 is contained within a pot while the plant(s) at Firfield managed to escape their confines… Continue reading Home-made Horseradish Sauce

Cooking, Garden, Number 28, Recipe

Lovely lavender

Lavender is a fantastic plant that we (try to) grow in abundance.  The bees love it, it produces a lovely aroma and it is also a very useful companion plant for vegetables and fruit trees.  The flavour is often very light which makes it the perfect ingredient for ice-cream, sugars and jellies. After a bit… Continue reading Lovely lavender

Cooking, Firfield, Garden, Number 28

Planning for wet weather

It looks like this bank holiday is going to be a bit rainy...surprise surprise!  So in preparation for this we've stocked up on a few essentials to keep us entertained.  The few blackberries that overhang the fence at Number 28 have been collected, apples and lavender have been gathered from Firfield, and a few essential… Continue reading Planning for wet weather

Cooking, Craft, Number 28, Recipe

Getting in the spirit of things

After a rather fun hen-do the bride to be asked me if I would mind making a bottle of my Garden Vodka for her.  It would appear the mini-bottles I did for Christmas last year went down rather well.  Of course, I agreed to make said alcohol, fully forgetting that I didn't have a recipe… Continue reading Getting in the spirit of things