The Harvest – thinking of others

the harvest - thinking of others

It's wonderful to celebrate the Harvest.  The shops are full of apples, pears, plums and quince.  There is an abundance of gorgeous vegetables, carrots, cauliflowers, cabbages and pumpkins. Living in a city, we can quickly forget where our food comes from.  I love attending my daughter's school Harvest Festival, where the children remind us, More

Apple Cupcakes for Harvest

apple cupcakes

I love the abundance of apples that are available at the moment. Lots of gorgeous eating apples to munch and crunch and wonderful Bramley apples, that transform into soft appley clouds of goodness when cooked or baked. We have been celebrating harvest, both at my daughter's school and in our local parish church, where we had a shared supper. I More

Cosy Dog Bed

cosy dog bed

There are many people; they include my husband, my sons, my daughter and many, many of my friends, who mistakenly think I spoil my dog.  I do not, I just prefer him to be contented and happy, which requires a certain amount of time and money. Like most dogs, his preferred activity is sleeping, closely followed by eating.  And of course walking More

Quince Jelly

quince jelly

There are some  words which take me straight back to teaching infants (my career for many years), and quince is one of them.  In the autumn I would always read The Owl and The Pussycat to my class and the lines:- They dined on mince, and slices of quince Which they ate with a runcible spoon; Were always great favourites.  Everyone knew More

Quinoa and Butternut Squash

quinoa and butternut squash

I'm a great believer in simple meals.  At the moment squash are plentiful and butternut squash is particularly reliable.  It roasts well and tastes fabulous, therefore it's cropping up in a great deal of my mid week meals. I often serve butternut squash on a bed of lentils and rocket, but to ring the changes, last night I used mixed quinoa.  My More