Recipe: Chamomile tea

I am very keen on the idea of medicinal plants and wanted to create a corner of the terrace garden dedicated to homeopathic remedies. Now, you can't have a homeopathic border without chamomile! They're both pretty and practical, making the most perfect slumber inducing nighttime tea. To make your own is so simple, I grew… Continue reading Recipe: Chamomile tea


Recipe: Apple & blackberry crumble

I'm sure I'm not alone with the masses of apples on the trees this year. I've made lots of crumbles recently and I'm going to make more and freeze them. I'm not sure if they're best frozen cooked or not, so I will try both ways and let you know what works best! Here's my… Continue reading Recipe: Apple & blackberry crumble

Recipe: Spicy tomato and marrow chutney

Another day, another marrow recipe! This one is quite different from my Irish marrow chutney and it reminds me a little of an Indian pickle so I think it'd be the perfect addition to curries as well as the usual sandwiches and cheeseboards. Ingredients: 900g marrow, peeled and deseeded 500g tomatoes 2 red onions 1… Continue reading Recipe: Spicy tomato and marrow chutney

Kitchen garden lessons

Andrew and I both consider ourselves to be real novice gardeners, but I often forget how much we've actually learnt over the last 18 months but this summer in particular has been a real learning curve! I consider this summer as our first here at Porch Cottage. Last year we were busy cutting down masses… Continue reading Kitchen garden lessons

Recipe: Irish marrow chutney

The courgette glut continues and with it comes the arrival of marrows! We went away for the weekend to see Andrew's family in Sussex and when we came back our super courgettes had made quite a few marrows. Luckily I have a great marrow chutney recipe (stolen from my mother-in-law) to use them up and… Continue reading Recipe: Irish marrow chutney

Recipe: Courgette, pistachio & lime cake

If like me, you've grown your own courgettes this year then you're probably in the middle of a courgette glut! I've been constantly thinking of new and interesting ways to use them including trial a few cake recipes. This recipe has been by far the most successful, best made with a loaf tin and using… Continue reading Recipe: Courgette, pistachio & lime cake

Propagating succulents

Before I started gardening I thought propagation was some kind of magical voodoo. Seriously, how could someone chop a bit of plant off, pop it in a plant pot and just grow a new one!? But since starting our own garden we've been propagating with real mixed success and the easiest plants for it has… Continue reading Propagating succulents