Perfect for using forced rhubarb and equally good as a hot pudding with cream or ice cream or cold as a cake this cake has a unique texture that is almost brownie like and will keep for up to a week getting moister with storage. 1 x 8″ square cake 125g unsalted butter, melted 185g…… Continue reading Rhubarb and Orange Cake
I tried an experiment this year and decided to grow some daffodils down the plot to cut and take home as part of my drive to grow my own fresh flowers for cutting this year. I had an old water tank available so just bunged the bulbs in (3 times deeper than the bulb) and…… Continue reading Daffodils
The sign of the first violets has become a bittersweet sight for me. My grandmother, Angèle Violet Midgley, passed away six years ago today. She spent the last few weeks of her life in hospital and we would sit and describe the signs of spring unfolding in the outside world to her knowing that she…… Continue reading Violets
My quail finally started laying again yesterday after their (long) winter hiatus so I thought I would write a little bit about how to use different kinds of eggs in baking and cooking. Lots of people can find the differences daunting but it’s actually pretty simple. I keep quail and bantam hens and a friend…… Continue reading Eggs is eggs
This time last year I was deeply depressed and dealing with such severe anxiety that I basically couldn’t hold a conversation. Having fallen apart rather spectacularly I took a great deal of time and effort putting myself back together. It was the little things that helped me the most and one of the things I…… Continue reading Finding Joy
Would it surprise you to know that there are probably less than a million Hedgehogs left in England? You might read that and think ‘Well, a million’s a lot!’ But that number has fallen from around about 30 million in the 1950s and the speed of this population decline keeps increasing. Think about it. When…… Continue reading Save Our Hedgehogs!
I decided to try making my own bacon after finding pork belly for such a ridiculously cheap price I couldn’t pass it by. I happened to have got a book for Christmas “Food DIY” and together with some online research making bacon actually seemed really easy… you know, unless you did it wrong, in which…… Continue reading The Bacon Experiment