I was very happy to receive the new book FRUIT by Rosemary Sassoon. A very kind gesture and a pleasure to read. Thank you!
The book is such a practical guide on how to grow, cook and preserve your own fruit. This topic particularly interested me as we have planted an apple tree very recently alongside a beautiful lush raspberry bush, which actually yielded some berries late last year.
Our apple tree, blossoming for the very first time.
It is such a wonderful moment when you are able to pick fruit from your very own garden. Simply eat it or use it in numerous cooking dishes. As Rosemary so nicely puts it, “We cannot grow everything we eat, our climate amongst other things are against us….We cannot claim to be totally self-sufficient, but we can do our best.”
Raspberries getting ready!….
The book goes through all the fruits that can be grown in an English garden in order as it comes into season. Small compact advice easy to read and lots of thorough ideas on how to grow and preserve the fruit that we have so carefully nurtured. Some gardening books are very much written in a very instructive style but this one is up to you on how to follow and it’s really from the heart. You can see how Rosemary has devoted all her life to her garden and fruit.
If you are of the older generation, you may be used to your parents or grandparents growing their own veg and fruit in allotments or their own gardens. Now everything has become so convenient and we can purchase anything we desire from the local supermarket or shops. However, I think it’s time to go back to our roots and literally plant some fruit! There is nothing quite like fresh fruit that blossoms, grows and ripens in front of your very own eyes. The taste in comparison to what is sold is incomparable.
Thank you Rosemary Sassoon for igniting my passion for growing fruit all over again! What shall I plant next?….
I have a wonderful soup maker gifted from Tefal but I fail to use it regularly. I love clear soups with chunky vegetables happily floating away in a tasty seasoned broth.
I feel SO satisfied after having a bowl or two and am now absolutely adamant to make more soup for myself! This is a very simple recipe I put together today. I used my soup maker machine but it can be cooked all in a saucepan as a one pot soup dish.
I hope you enjoy this spring time soup. Here’s to more soups being made!
8-10 baby sweetcorn chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
2 celery sticks sliced
1 litre water
2 cubes vegetable stock
2 handfuls of small pasta shells
Salt to season
Garlic and chilli granules optional
Place all the ingredients into a soup maker or in a saucepan on a medium heat to simmer. Cook through until soft.
Serve with a little grated cheddar on top and some fresh bread
My 3 year old son kept eating these flatbreads despite the fact that he occasionally got the odd chilli flake. He just kept on going. So very moreish are these flatbreads! That once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
1 cup wholewheat/chapati flour
1 cup self raising flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic granules
1/2 tsp dry chilli flakes
2 tsp sunflower oil
Boiling water to knead
Sunflower oil for cooking
Place both types of flour in a large mixing bowl with the salt, garlic granules, chilli flakes and 2 tablespoons of oil.
Use fingers to make a crumble consistency. Add boiling water gently to form a soft dough
Bring together and knead for 5 minutes
In the meantime heat a non stick frying pan on a medium heat
Take about a tablespoon and a half of dough. Roll flat to about a 10cm diameter disc
Place in the frying pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown, using a little oil to aid the process
Recently I have found it very difficult to buy chocolate muffins without the taste of soda bicarbonate running through it! A real bitter taste, not gooey and very dry in the middle.
However I’m have very happy to say that today I found the ideal quick and extremely indulgent and delicious chocolate muffin recipe from Taste Australia.
Both my boys were running around the house so I thought I’d give them a task which they would enjoy. Making chocolate muffins! and then of course eating the final result! Worked a treat and they were very happy too!
2 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.
Combine flour, cocoa, sugar and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Make a well in centre. Whisk vegetable oil, milk, vanilla and eggs in a large jug. Add oil mixture to well (see Cooking class, below). Using a wooden spoon, stir until just combined (don’t over-mix). Spoon mixture into paper cases.
Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.