100 Happy Days of Eating from the Garden

As soon as our vegetable garden was up and running in 2014, I set us the challenge of trying to eat something from the garden for 100 days before the end of the year, and I’m pleased to say we achieved that goal! I recorded the challenge by posting a photo of what we ateContinue reading “100 Happy Days of Eating from the Garden”

June 2015 Garden Update

A few people have been asking how our garden looks this year, and to be honest we’re quite a way behind on last year due to work commitments and other things, but here are a few quick snaps from this weekend, unfortunately just after the sun went in!

12 Tips for Creating a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables is becoming increasingly popular for many reasons; it makes financial sense (once you’re up and running) it guarantees you know where your food is coming from, you know how it’s been grown, there are no food miles, it keeps you fit and it’s a great hobby! Whether you’reContinue reading “12 Tips for Creating a Vegetable Garden”

Constructing Raised Beds

Once we’d planned our vegetable garden, the biggest challenge was plotting and building our raised beds. We rotivated the land that we’d earmarked for the veg beds, as it was covered with old turf and years of weeds, roots and ivy. We’d decided on a very informal, unstructured design to aim for a ‘cottage garden’Continue reading “Constructing Raised Beds”

Building the Greenhouse

Once we’d finalised the layout of the vegetable garden, our first challenge was to get the main feature installed: the greenhouse. We had set our hearts on a brick based, wooden framed greenhouse but unfortunately our budget wasn’t as ambitious as our dreams, but we were determined to find something that was eye-catching and notContinue reading “Building the Greenhouse”

Happy Days

As you’ve probably guessed by now if you’re friends with either of us on Facebook or Twitter, we’re now back in the North of England after a wonderful summer living in the South of France. Here’s a little photo gallery selected from the 1,657 photos we took over the last 5 months! During the summerContinue reading “Happy Days”

Posh Pot Noodle!

I was feeling quite domesticated the other day, so when we had a chicken salad for lunch, I decided to use the remains to make a chicken stock. I was going to freeze it but the following day the weather was decidedly autumnal, so a warming soup was definitely in order! I found a recipeContinue reading “Posh Pot Noodle!”

Variations on a Hommous Theme

Hommous / Houmous / Hummus / Hummous – delete as appropriate! I have never quite decided how to spell it… Anyhoo, that’s not my point, this is: I have been making quite a lot of the stuff recently since I’ve stopped eating bread, as I’ve had to seek out alternatives to the usual lunchtime sandwich,Continue reading “Variations on a Hommous Theme”

Variations on a Houmous Theme

Hommous / Houmous / Hummus / Hummous – delete as appropriate! I have never quite decided how to spell it… Anyhoo, that’s not my point, this is: I have been making quite a lot of the stuff recently since I’ve stopped eating bread, as I’ve had to seek out alternatives to the usual lunchtime sandwich,Continue reading “Variations on a Houmous Theme”

Moules et Frites!

This week we have had the pleasure of the company of June and Ken Clarke, two very wonderful people who I’ve known all my life but don’t get to see very often. It turns out that June is a bit of a master at cooking moules, my all time favourite meal and one I haveContinue reading “Moules et Frites!”