Gooseberry Jam!

We have a lovely neighbour who lives near us, who kindly gives us surplus fruit and vegetables from their allotment. A few weeks ago, near the end of term, she gave us two big bags of gooseberries. I decided it was time to make some jam. I’ve been meaning to write this since the end…

Homemade Oatcakes

I mentioned in this post that I was having to be more inventive with after school snacks since we started trying to cut down on the plastic we buy and consume. Scottish oatcakes are a family favourite that we’ve tried to give up and succumbed to buying on a few occasions. I was so pleased when…

Spicy Vegetable & Lentil Soup

Whenever the weather is a bit miserable (which in the north east is quite frequently!), I always feel like rustling up spicy vegetable and lentil soup, followed by apple and rhubarb crumble and custard. Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup 2 garlic cloves, 1 onion, 3 medium/2 large potatoes, 4/5 carrots, 4 tbsp red lentils, salt, pepper, 1 tsp turmeric, 1…

Spiced Pear & Rhubarb Crumble

Crumble has long been one of my favourite puddings. It usually followed Sunday lunch at least once a month in our house growing up, made by either mum or dad, and mostly served with custard, occasionally fromage frais or creme fraiche, and sometimes ice cream if we had guests. I love the concept of it…

Luxury Rice Pudding

My mum always used to make rice pudding on the hob, thereby avoiding the skin on top (my husband complains that this is the best bit), and this is how I like to make it too. I usually keep it very basic; simply milk, sugar and pudding rice brought to the boil and then simmered gently on…

Homemade Flour Tortillas & Quesadillas

Since we started trying to cut down on the plastic we buy and consume in an effort to produce less waste, one of the things I’m missing are the after school snacks I used to buy the children. Crumpets, wraps, teacakes, fruit loaf, pitta breads, you name it, we’ve bought it at some time or other.…