Bulk buying meat

Visited my local butchery farm shop today and bought a large quantity of on offer meats. This is top quality, grass fed local beef that has been slaughtered locally and butchered at the farm shops own butchery. A simple way of making usable portions that can be frozen easily is simply cutting the packets in […]

It’s been a long time

It’s been months since I wrote anything on here. Months that my head wrote stuff but when I set about putting my thoughts into written words the energy behind them expired. Cooking and eating have taken place, new ideas of creative food on a budget have bubbled forth on an almost daily basis. However , […]

Slug-end

An organic way to protect your food crops from slugs With all this much needed rain comes the unwanted slugs and snails. Important for the food chain but sadly not ours. As an organic gardener I have needed to find an affordable but safe for the environment way of control. I have cut slits into […]

Little things I’ve changed . . .

Little things I’ve changed in my kitchen habits to save the planet Sometimes it seems impossible to make a change that might have an affect in saving our planet and reversing the damage that is causing climate change. Well it is impossible; impossible on our own. Most changes have to come from governments. Or do […]

Thursday ramblings

It’s been a hard month or so. The weeks zoom by in a haze of ‘lockdown-trying-to-fill-time’ To be fair I’m struggling with the starting back to the new normal life. I’ve had so much to say but feel exhausted about trying to say what I feel. Trying not to think about family that need me. […]

Shelled !

It’s that time of year, the start to middle of spring. Well depending on what part of the world you’re in and certainly what part of the U.K. you might live. Having moved around from south to north, then middle, then south and now back up north. I can say that the spring certainly arrives […]

Morning coffee in the garden

It strikes me how lucky and privileged I am, we all are, to be able to just turn a tap to fill a kettle and make a drink. Anyone who has running drinking water are among the richest people on the planet. Between Christmas and New Year, we finally had a water meter fitted. Here […]

Quality compost . .

It’s chocolate eating season in our house. It’s come early this year due to months of lockdown here in northeast England. We started on the first tin last week. The bright wrappings encouraging us to try just one more. The colours bringing back memories of different times. As normal I was concerned about the waste […]

Compost additions

I’m having a sort out of that stack of paperwork that sits in a corner, for me at the end of our dining table. With lockdown still very much the new normal for us in County Durham, there is little extra meal making or baking to be done. How much can a pair of grandparents […]