Ginger Wine

The last couple of years has seen me explore alcohols, brewing and infusing. Ginger Wine has been the easiest and most successful wine that i’ve made so far. And its relatively inexpensive. What you need Yeast nutrient 1 sachet white wine yeast 500 g (1 lb) raisins, chopped and squashed Zest and juice of 4…

Apple Cake with Rum Buttercream

I wanted to make something other than chocolate for a birthday cake. This recipe came up trumps but maybe next time i will have to make two! Ingredients You will need 2 x 20.5cm deep sandwich tins. And, a thermometer. For the cake: 150g unsalted butter, softened 300g Caster sugar 3 medium range eggs  at room…

Growing Pea Shoots

It’s still really cold outside, but my enthusiasm is high and I really want to get cracking with this years growing. For a quick win while i’m waiting, I’m going to grow Pea Shoots with guidance from Vertical Veg’s How to grow pea shoots blog post. The container and marrow fat peas have been sourced….

GYO Potatoes 2013

At Hulme Community Garden Centre’s Heritage Potato Day, we bought Salad Blue, Charlotte, Orla and Valor potatoes to grow. Following the success of last years potato growing, I’m starting a little earlier. Charlotte potatoes are incredibly popular, being a salad potato (waxy) with a full flavour. Charlotte can be planted out early between February and March for harvest in June….

Dorothy Wordsworth’s Favourite Cake

This recipe is for a light caraway loaf and can be found in Tea Time Recipes book by National Trust. Ingredients 6oz margarine or butter, softened 6oz caster sugar 3 eggs 3 teaspoons caraway seeds 8oz plan flour 1 teaspoon baking powder a pinch of salt 1 tablespoon ground almonds 1 tablespoon milk Method Preheat…

Delia’s Black Bean Soup

I used dried turtle beans for this tasty soup by Delia Smith. Very simple and very hearty. I made it vegetarian by leaving out the pancetta and replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock. I don’t have a blender and didn’t use crème fraîche so the soup looks different in the picture above, and probably…

Self-watering plastic bottle planter

Wanting to try something more DIY for my vertical gardening, I’ve opted for the very simple self-watering plastic bottle planter. It’s incredibly easy to make, but not without its issues. Reading other blog posts, it seems algae can grow in the water compartment, and roots can be sun-burnt. I initially followed Spoonful’s instructions, however removing…