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Vege Lasagne

Sounds dull doesn’t it! Vege lasagne, It won’t win awards for haute cuisine, but it does win awards in my book. What I’m looking for in a meal is something that tastes good, looks good, is nutritious, and is packed with fresh vegetables. This dish changes seasonally, is freezer friendly, child friendly, nutritious and delicious. […]

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COMFREY Symphytum officinale

Comfrey was first brought to my attention after the birth of my son more than thirty years ago. My domiciliary midwife, the wonderful Joan Donnelly was a staunch advocate of eating weeds and comfrey was one of her favourites. She was a picture of health and as well as her weed salads she used to […]

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Savoury zucchini slice

At this time of the year anyone who has a couple of zucchini plants in their garden and a few chooks is overrun with you guessed it….. zucchinis and eggs. This savoury slice recipe takes care of both of those little problems and what’s more you can freeze them in convenient meal-for-one sized pieces. I […]

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Pickled Gherkins

Every couple of years I make sure to grow between eight to twelve plants of gherkin cucumbers and pickle enough gherkins for about three years worth of eating. They are one of the easiest vegetable plants to grow and they produce prolifically. It takes some commitment to be around during January and early February. This […]

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CLEAVERS Gallium aparine

Today as I went wandering through the garden looking for cleavers to photograph I was captivated by the variety and abundance of weeds growing everywhere. Healers all, I felt such a gladness come over me. Every square metre of ground let run wild, had a fabulous collection of medicinal plants. Under the orchard where we […]

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Christmas cake

Making my christmas cake is something I look forward to each November. For me it is the first marker of the festive season. Every year I use a different recipe. Years ago I would diligently follow recipes searching for the perfect one. These days I’m inspired by one of my daughters who makes amazing cakes […]

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Figs in Port

Yes it’s true, Christmas is just around the corner. When my children were small we used to make almost all the pressies for friends and family. It was a way of getting the children involved in the spirit of Christmas and not so much into the stress around shopping and finding the ‘right’ present especially […]

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YARROW Achillea Millefolium

Yarrow is a plant many of us welcome into our gardens without really knowing the depth and breadth of her true personality. She’s been around for centuries, used on battlefields of old to staunch many a bleeding wound from sword or axe. She has an affinity with blood, strengthening vessels and tightening tissues as well […]

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STINGING NETTLE Urtica dioica

Dear stinging nettle, you are a plant much maligned by many, myself included. Yes I am intending to change my ways. Even though, uninvited, you have made yourself quite comfortable all through my orchard, and appear to take some pleasure in traumatising many an unsuspecting child by brushing against their legs and delivering your surprise […]

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Making your own MIXED PEEL is a breeze

Making your own mixed peel is a breeze. It takes hardly any time at all but is a process that is completed over two days. Now’s the time to be making it. Backyard citrus trees are laden and christmas cake making time is just around the corner. I’ll be making my christmas cake next month […]

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REAL SOAP

I’ve been experimenting with making soaps for about 6 months now and I’m hooked. Once you use a quality hand-made soap, one that is rich with vegetable oils and divinely scented with pure essential oils you’ll never go back. I’ve narrowed down the first soaps I’ll soon have up on the web-site shop. All my […]

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