Chilli plants to give away, available soon

Yes it’s that time of year – the baby chilli plans are getting potted on. This year I have 2 varieties: The insane Naga The more sedate Cayenne. The Cayennes are already potted, the Nagas will be in a week or so.  They should be strong enough to give away from beginning of April. I have…

Easy peasy vegan cake recipe

So we are halfway through February – diets are a thing of the past and we are all up for a slice of cake again, hoorah! This cake recipe is one I have adapted and I scale it up & down to fit the size of the tin and what I want to make flavour…

What is eating clean and can I do it on a budget?

Clean eating or clean food is really trendy just now,  at it’s simplest it is a way of eating food that has been messed about with less.   Not processed, cooked less or raw, no additives. There is a lot of hype about it, but using fresh ingredients is never a bad thing. It’s no big deal BUT you do need…

Simple cheap recipes #2 Easy cheesy Lentils!

This one was a camping favourite so it’s really easy to prepare, it’s not glamorous but it’s filling, comforting and cheap. You will need: medium size pan 1-2 tspn olive or vegetable oil 1 onion 1-2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon mustard (optional) Cheese grated (any as cheap as you like) about 100g Dried red split…

Simple cheap starter recipes for first time cooks.

This one goes out to all students out there who are facing the prospect of cooking for yourself for the first time. You arrive at Uni with a random assortment of pans and cutlery supplied by IKEA or your nan.So far you have avoided the kitchen. For the sake of your health, waistline and bank…

Using up natures bounty and disasters – Recipes and ideas.

It’s that time of year when fellow gardeners and allotmenters are showing off huge crops of juicy red tomatoes, huge marrows and baskets of beans and peas. Yes, but it doesn’t always go that way. What exactly can you do with gluts of veg or failed veg like green tomatoes? Green tomatoes are a tricky…

Grow your own – get an allotment

It’s not exactly like The Good Life – they didn’t talk about slugs quite as much as we do – but it is quite fun. I volunteered at a community garden project for a few years then took on a landshare, I met loads of lovely people and learned a great deal about what does…

Vegan lemon curd recipes

As someone with an issue with eggs I had to give up lemon curd.  I have never seen vegan lemon curd in shops so I didn’t really think about it until I saw a recipe recently. Somehow I assumed it would be difficult – but it’s really not. I’ll give you links to 2 recipes…

It’s veg swap shop time

Whether you are a windowsill gardener or have an allotment, it’s the time of year for seedlings to be planted out or potted on. If like me you have a porch full of triffids and not enough acreage or windowsills to plant them all out, consider trading or giving them away to colleagues and friends. Why…