Its year two of our asparagus and they already look good enough to pick. Grown from seed they require three years to mature, so this time next year they will be on our plate!

Spinach and Feta Pie

Spinach PieSpinach Pie

As the summer approaches… well lack of it really, some of our early crops are ready to harvest. Spinach is one of them, and here is what we made with it.


Despite the strange summer weather we have had this year. We have managed to grow lots and lots of chillies. We plan to freeze some and dry some for adding to spicy dishes throughout the year.


Pumpkins and Squashes

I have to say our pumpkins were a little disappointing this year. After a head start under cloches they seemed to stop growing quite early on in the season. I am not sure if the mild summer is the cause but we had dead plants and ripe pumpkins ready to pick at the end of August. Our butternut squashes and summer squashes on the other hand have performed quite well.

Pickled Onions & Beetroot

We decided to try our hand at pickling a few different types of onions. Like our garlic they looked like a few of them were starting to get a little mouldy so we pulled them up early to save what we could and binned the rest.

Here are the results

pickled onions

We made 3 different onion variations: Chilli Shallots, Balsamic Onions, Traditional pickled (red) onions. The picture also shows some pickled beetroot we used a basic pickling recipe for this too.

My favourite is definitely the balsamic onions. The others are ok but maybe a little acidic. Next time I think we will add a little sugar 🙂

Broccoli and Cucumbers

Our latest pickings include Broccoli and Cucumbers…

We are struggling to get our broccoli to have large heads though. There must be some trick to it! But it tastes great all the same 🙂

Courgette and Mushroom Bread

At the weekend I got busy baking a loaf of courgette and mushroom bread. It was very tasty! I recommend it to anyone with a glut of courgettes. I only needed to add half of the amount of recommended water and needed quite a bit more flour whilst kneading. So you might wish to bear that in mind.

Garlic Plaiting

We got a little eager and harvested our garlics too early because we had a couple showing signs of mould. Luckily only a few were affected so the survivors were hung up in the shed to dry out for a couple of weeks. Once they were all dry I plaited them together and here is the final product. Hopefully these will store well for the next few months.