Apple and Blackberry Loaf – youth hostels, ballet and a mighty fine pie

One of my aims for #50in50 was to spend more time with friends and I recently spent a weekend with a group of girls I have known for many years. We spent a day walking – fortified by a large number of snacks – and although the weather forecast for the weekend was terrible, we … More Apple and Blackberry Loaf – youth hostels, ballet and a mighty fine pie

Apple muffins – and all things woolly at Yarndale #50in50

Mr McGregor and I are just home after a wonderful weekend staying with friends in Lancashire. Our friend John owns a magic beer-making contraption known as a¬†Grainfather, and needed to brew his Christmas Ale. Mr McGregor was a very willing helper in this endeavour and was delighted to donate his own hops. A very happy … More Apple muffins – and all things woolly at Yarndale #50in50

Courgette and smoked salmon tart – and another book recommendation

Up until a year or two ago, Mr McGregor insisted that there was no point growing courgettes as ‘they don’t taste of anything’. Thankfully he has seen the error of his ways and now grows a couple of courgette plants in pots. This year we have had a really good courgette crop and I’ve been … More Courgette and smoked salmon tart – and another book recommendation

Blackberry and apple muffins – and exploring women’s writing #50in50

Since Mr McGregor doesn’t actually read my blog (he just eats the cakes), I feel free to admit that I have recently bought quite a few new books. Looking at them now, they are all by women and mostly involve nature writing. Reading more books written by women wasn’t originally on my #50in50 list, but … More Blackberry and apple muffins – and exploring women’s writing #50in50

Lemon mascarpone sandwich cake – and climbing The Cheviot #50in50

One of the things I wanted to do as part of my #50in50 challenge was to climb The Cheviot – the highest hill in the Cheviot Hills, which straddle the English-Scottish border. We must have driven past this range of hills hundreds of times on our way driving north or south, but I’d never walked … More Lemon mascarpone sandwich cake – and climbing The Cheviot #50in50