Stilton and cream

You can hide a lot in melted Stilton and cream. Today I’ve gently fried one chopped onion and some chopped mushrooms in a little unsalted butter. I then remove from heat, add a little salt, a chunk of Stilton and some double cream. Leave in the pan to slowly melt. Serve as a side dish […]

Fresh bread

I always make my sourdough bread the morning before I bake it. I mixed the dough, saving some of my starter for future use. After mixing and kneading I leave in the bowl to prove all day. At 7pm ish I reshape, decide and place on trays and place in the oven. I leave it […]

Bagged up tip for freezer

Now before you ask why an eco warrior is using plastic freezer bags. I will reuse them and finally they will become poop bags for the dogs. Place the bag into a vessel, I used a measuring jug but you could use anything that fitted the bags you have. Spoon in whatever you are wanting […]

Quality compost . .

It’s chocolate eating season in our house. It’s come early this year due to months of lockdown here in northeast England. We started on the first tin last week. The bright wrappings encouraging us to try just one more. The colours bringing back memories of different times. As normal I was concerned about the waste […]

Sourdough bread storing tip

When I bake sourdough bread I normally make two loaves with 1kg of bread flour. Because there is just the two of us, I cut each loaf on half. I then freeze it in halves so that we always have fresh bread. Nothing is wasted. When I remove one of the last two half loaves […]

How I make a sourdough starter

The magical mystery that isn’t really We will start with the starter. It’s simple and not rocket science. The important thing is you make it as it needs to be local to you, it’s your own microbes. All you’ll need to make a starter is patience, a large bowl, a clean tea towel, a pair […]

A little gift

A few days ago I made a lemon cake. I’ve made many lemon related things but normally used the stuff in a bottle that you keep in the fridge. Last weekend I ordered two fresh lemons with my veg box. I wanted to use the zest vas well as the juice for the cake. I […]

Frosty Morning . . . . .

It’s mild and windy here in the northeast of England. Our garden is a somewhat confused and the spring bulbs are rising above the ground. Days are beginning to merge into each other as lockdown is dragging on and everyday without visitors makes one long eventless event. We watched a program on plague last evening, […]

How clean are your towels . .

With all this hand washing going on, the sort of hand washing that should have gone on anyway but many people have forgotten how to. I was wondering what were people using to dry their now super clean hands on? To be fair it is a question that I have wondered many times in my […]

loosing the throwaway

just 3 days until our rubbish bins are emptied and yet we still don’t have any full bags in our wheelie bin. If you have followed my blog, you will remember that about 10 days ago we had looked into our wheelie bin and we had nothing in it to throw away. We have a […]