Recipe: Pickled onions

If your onion harvest this year was anything like mine, then this recipe is for you. For the second year in a row, most of our onions were tiny and shallot sized. Luckily for my dad who is the biggest pickled onion fan, we decided the best use for them would be to pickle them… Continue reading Recipe: Pickled onions

How to look keep your Christmas tree merry and bright

Twinkling with fairy lights and weighed down by sparkly baubles, the pine cone scent of a Christmas tree is sure to bring you festive joy and is by far one of my favourite parts of Christmas. I often get asked around this time of the year how best to look after your tree to make… Continue reading How to look keep your Christmas tree merry and bright

Bramble clearing

Behind our garden is a small field on a hill, separated from us by a drainage pipe that used to run water from two fishing lakes on either side. The farmer has fenced off the land about 5m above this and so it's become overgrown with brambles, Himalayan balsam, saplings and what I suspect could… Continue reading Bramble clearing

Front border transformation

You might notice over on Instagram that I rarely share close up photos from the front of our cottage.. Directly in front of our door is a dirt track, then a cricket pitch and then the west pennine moors all within 250 meters. So even though we're in a really picturesque and rural spot, close… Continue reading Front border transformation

Lifting dahlias for Winter

It has been a while since I last posted, so I thought it was about time I got my bum into gear and started writing posts again! This week we have been drying out our dahlia tubers after we had a frost that killed all the foliage and blooms a couple of weeks ago. Having… Continue reading Lifting dahlias for Winter

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