Plum jam

Jam is such a wonderful thing – especially when home made. We have a good stock of my rhubarb and vanilla jam and this lovely plum jam on our shelf which should see us through this winter. It appears that people have been making jams for a long time – the first jam recipes appear … More Plum jam

Easy apple cake

It seemed like a good day to harvest our cooking apples today – there are high winds forecast for early next week and I didn’t want to end up gathering them up from the ground once they are bashed and bruised. We haven’t got as many as usual this year, but instead they are all … More Easy apple cake

Orange and apple cake – and half time oranges

I’m not a particular fan of eating oranges. I can never really be bothered with all that peeling and all that pith. And all the juiciness and stickiness play havoc with the keyboard…. But they do taste absolutely amazing at half time during a game of sport when pre-sliced (by someone else, obviously). For some … More Orange and apple cake – and half time oranges

Blackberry galette – and we need to talk about walking…

I was really shocked to read that according to Public Health England, over 6.3 million adults in England aged 40 to 60 don’t achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month. That’s four in 10 people, or 41% of the adult population who don’t manage that in a month. The fact … More Blackberry galette – and we need to talk about walking…