I won’t lie to you guys, beekeeping is not cheap! I started to help out my mum with her bees but I wanted to branch out on my own and have the responsibility of keeping my own hives. I live my life on a restricted budget and beekeeping equipment is something I have to carefully…… Continue reading How Much Does Keeping Bees Cost?
Rhubarb is plentiful on the allotment these days and I had a few leftover strawberries to use up quickly so I decided to make a quick crumble for dessert. The orange zest is really what makes this dish sing! 2 stalks rhubarb ~ 6 large strawberries 4 tbsp granulated sugar Zest of half an orange …… Continue reading Plot to Plate: Rhubarb, Strawberry and Orange Crumble
Exciting times are ahead as I have taken on a new allotment plot! I will be keeping my little plot closer to home but having the extra space will allow me to diversify the kinds of things I grow and especially grow some things that take up more space than my little plot allows. (I’ll…… Continue reading New Plot!
Whenever I got to harvest a cabbage I always leave the stalk and some outer leaves in the ground and just cleanly slice the head off. A few weeks later you should find that you have a whole bunch of little cabbagelings sprouting from the base. Which means a second crop from the same plant,…… Continue reading How to Double Your Cabbage Crop
Well, the autumn tidy up on the Allotment has started! I always love this time of year, doing the hard graft, clearing and digging and mulching. My first big project was to take down the last pea trellis, clear the bed and plant out next year’s early brassicas. I use Nutscene twine to build my…… Continue reading Autumn Tidy Up
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
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
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
This blog is all about charting the changes I’ve been making to my lifestyle over the last six months and the developments that are yet to come. I hope to be happier, more in tune with my environment and more self sufficient. The last six months have been a roller coaster and nothing has helped…… Continue reading Welcome!