Chocolate Brownies on a Frosty Morning

The oven was very hot on the wood stove last night. As I watched the thermostat creep forever upwards, I imagined it to be a sign…to make a batch of Vegan Chocolate Brownies…never waste a hot oven! And so I quickly got the ingredients together from the pantry and whipped up a tray and a […]

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20 Day Juice Fast…Final Day!

Dropping 13lbs in 9 days has been one of the extraordinary benefits of the Juice Fast I have been on. Deciding to embark on a total reboot of my system has been what I can only describe as “liberating!” This is my first glass of juice of the day and has all the ingredients shown […]

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An Ancient Recipe for Blackcurrant Chutney

Finally, finally coming to the bottom of the freezer and the last of last years Blackcurrants…so many of them…over 150lbs! I have eaten Blackcurrants every day since last summer. I have a very simple meal that I make with them…raw food vegan! It’s simply putting a handful of sunflower seeds in the blender with 3 […]

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Framed, Raw and Rather Juicy!

I was given this beautiful old frame by a guy in a second-hand market in the local town. It is one of the most beautiful picture frames I have ever come across. Look closely at it, for it is a colourful mosaic of sea washed glass and shells. For several years now it has waited […]

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Bealtaine Cottage Fruit Growing and Winemaking Workshop

Growing food is important. Here at Bealtaine Cottage there is another bumper crop of Blackcurrants, Rhubarb, Apples, Pears and Plums growing. Preserving and using fruit is a challenge when the crops are this abundant! Making wine is one of the delights of summer, allowing fruit to be preserved in a unique and tasteful way…wine! There […]

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Harvesting Rhubarb and Growing Peach Trees

Harvesting Rhubarb for the second time this year. The first crop was back in the middle of Spring. When that crop was picked, I manured the beds and allowed it to go on to develop a second flush. Once washed and chopped I lightly stew the rhubarb, then cool it and pack it into bags […]

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Making Elderflower Cordial…Summer in a Bottle!

The Summer harvest has begun in time for the Solstice…Elderflowers are in abundance and the making of Elderflower Cordial captures the energy of the summer solstice in a bottle of sweety goodness! 30 heads of flowers, 4 lemons, boiled spring water, sugar and citric acid to preserve the cordial well into the dark days of […]

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A Life in the Country ~ Sunday, Food and Autumn Colours

Thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall… A fabulous and easy recipe… Chickpea and pumpkin salad Chickpeas go very well with sweet, roasted squash, adding a little bite to contrast with the silky flesh. Serves three to four as a starter, two as a main course. 1 butternut or other squash 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled but bashed to break […]

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