Category Archives: Food and things

Pear, Date & Ginger Chutney

I’m still looking for things to do with pears, so here’s a chutney I’m hoping will be fantastic with cheese or meat, later in the winter, when it’s had time to mature. Pear recipe #4 for 2017 Ingredients 1kg pears, peeled, cored and finely chopped About 30 dates – stoned and chopped 300ml cider vinegar…

Green Apple & Pear Smoothie

Pear recipe #2 for 2017 Here’s what I do with a perfectly crisp and juicy large pear. Green Apple & Pear Smoothie Ingredients 1 very large juicy crisp pear, or 2 smaller ones 1 Granny Smith apple Coconut water Method Peel and core the pear(s), chop into chunks. Core the apple and roughly chop, leaving…

Spiced Pear Jam

It’s that time of year. 4 ancient pear trees in the garden give me a glut of fruit all at the same time and as they don’t seem to store well, I’ve had to be creative with things to do with pears in a short period of time. Each of the trees gives me a…

Bright Beetroot Smoothie

I get beetroot quite often, in my Riverford organic fruit and veg box, so I’ve been experimenting with using it in my smoothies. First of all it makes the colour look amazing. Secondly it adds a really nice slightly tart flavour. Ingredients 1 small raw beetroot, peeled and roughly chopped 1 pear, cored and roughly…

Saturday Smoothie

This one tastes lovely and was super quick and easy to make. Recipe 1 apple, cored and roughly chopped 1 banana A handful of spinach 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon Approx 250-300ml coconut milk Blend all together and enjoy ? Makes enough for 1 large or 2 smaller portions.

10 Second Smoothie

This is a great one for when you’re short of time. Ingredients: 1 cup summer berries (I used raspberries, blueberries, cherries, black and red currants) 1 cup coconut milk Method: Blend all together for 10 seconds or until smooth.┬áThis works best with cold coconut milk and berries from the fridge or freezer. I put my…

Summer Savoury Tart

Here’s another recipe – lunch today and as it worked out, I’m recording it here. Ingredients: Puff pastry for the flan case (I bought pre-made and ready rolled) 100g leaf spinach – wilted in butter 1 large onion 1 dessertspoon soft light brown sugar 4 cherry or mini plum tomatoes cut into quarters 200g emmental…

Peach Apple Melon Smoothie

I made this one yesterday but it’s so yummy, I’m having it again today. Saturday Smoothie Ingredients: 1/2 a large apple cored and sliced 3 slices of galia melon 1 peach, stoned and sliced Juice of 1 orange About 100-150ml coconut water Ice (if needed) Method: Put all ingredients except ice into a blender and…

Raspberry Lime Orange Drizzle Cake

I was asked to make a pudding for ‘the workers’ today (I’ll tell more tomorrow) but the weather is stunningly gorgeous, all the doors and windows are open and I don’t want to go shopping, so the only thing to do is check out what’s in the cupboards and adapt a recipe to fit what…

Un Mechoui en France

Mechoui? Mechoui? Qu’est-ce que c’est? It’s a BBQ lamb roast with starter, cheese and pudding. In order to get the 3 or 4 hundred people served with slightly hot food, all you have to do is cook 30 to 40 legs of lamb over a bonfire in a field and get the pommes frites man…