Seasonal Recipes: Apple, Raspberry and Almond Cake

This is the cake from my story: The May Garden I found this recipe in a beautiful book entitled, “Apple: Recipes from the Orchard”. My version is a little simpler and misses out the icing stage –– regular readers will know that I tend to avoid any sticky toppings as my bakes have to travel…

Seasonal Recipes: Scottish Raspberry Shortbread

Scottish Raspberry Shortbread (Original recipe: Scottish Baking by Sue Baker) I’m going to file this recipe under “Autumn” as raspberries are in season from August-October here in England.  However, they do make a delicious treat for Burns Night.  I’ve reduced the number of raspberries from the original recipe, as my children find the shortbread very crumbly and this ratio helps…

Potager Garden: Summer days and the first raspberry harvest

We were so happy when our little bare root stock gave us delicious raspberries in its first growing year … … and then the slow-growing cabbages, that had braved late winter weather, flooding and fended off greedy slugs, were finally ready to harvest.  I planted successions of spring onions, so we are still picking those…

Potager Garden: mushrooms, recycled planters, seedlings and a birthday

Here in England we have had the most perfect spring week of bright sunshine, so we have been away from our blog getting lots of work done on converting the garden into a potager.  Here’s a little update on how it’s going… With thanks to our online friends, we have our slug problem humanely under control…