Homegrown tomatoes

A few years back I started a little veggie patch in our new build home back garden. The tomatoes are small and green, but they’re on their way…

Roasted Italian garlic sweet potatoes

I tried these a few weeks ago with my brand new unused slicer… they weren’t so successful. Tonight I was determined to get them right. I didn’t par boil my sliced potatoes first, and used a small mixture of olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. I also used my homemade Italian seasoning.

Make your own seasoning

Made some homemade herb mixes the other day. Result: taco seasoning and a huge batch of dried rosemary thanks to the communal garden hedge. And I had all the ingredients for the seasoning so a refill shop ahead me.

Dried herbs

Herbs have gone wild in the garden from the rain/sun indecisiveness, so I have trimmed galore in preparation for drying them out, mixing them up and adding to various dishes.

Veggie storage

Veggie storage to the max! In my small bid to be more eco-friendly, bought some new colour-lidded Tupperware to house and freeze the contents of fridge. Diced celery for shepherd’s pie, sliced and diced red onion, sliced brown onion for all kinds of meal treats and diced, circle and stick carrots…

Marinara sauce

I’ve never been too adventorous on homemade Italian sauces. The store bought jar thing is just fine by me. But I’m now on day 2 of making homemade marinara sauce, tonight to accompany the ravioli for a late dinner… Fresh oregano from the garden, dried basil, 2 jars of tinned toms, 3 grated cloves of…

Mediterranean veggie tray

This is the sort of side meal that moves seamlessly across all seasons. Courgette, peppers, red onion, baby toms, splash of balsamic vinegar and a generous covering of good olive oil, this is getting your Med on (without the travel expense)…

Rosemary and parmesan crisps

These are the kind of throw together starter snack where you have 1 and cannot stop. With a dash of course sea salt, they are definitely a winner!

A dash of rosemary…

This one really derives from a simplistic approach to festive gift ideas. I wanted to make something that people could use, could be easily packed away and wouldn’t take up too much space. And fragrant…oh my the fragrance. So rosemary salt was the answer. I used organic coarse seat salt, fresh rosemary that I dried…

Christmas craft gifts – ahead of the pack

In an attempt to be uber-organised this coming Christmas (with a toddler and a what will be 3 month old) – that should be an achievable goal, right? So I have thought of some frugal, alternative craft gifts for friends and family: Rosemary salt Rosemary and Parmesan biscuits Lavender pouches Tomato and oregano sauce The…