Sounds pretty weird doesn’t it? But after one taste, you won’t even remember a time when you couldn’t use chocolate and beetroot in the same sentence! Just like the carrots used in carrot cake, the beetroot in this recipe adds sweetness as well as rich moist texture. It’s also a great way to use up spare beetroots coming in from the garden this time of year. Chocolate & Beetroot Cupcakes Makes about 16 200g Plain Flour 150g White Caster Sugar 100g Dark Brown Sugar 100g Cocoa Powder 1 tsp Bicarbonate

It’s that time of the year when you’re not bringing home a handful of this or that from the allotment but literally bucket loads. I went up this afternoon with the intention of digging up a few spuds but then got caught up in finding other goodies lurking about the plot. I have no idea where the cauliflower came from by the way; I must have bunged in an extra seedling at the bottom of the plot and forgot about it! No matter, it’s going to make a delicious curry

Calendula Soap Recipe There are a few ways that you could make calendula soap. First off, you can choose to use either fresh or dried flower petals. When using fresh petals, it helps to chop them finely using a knife or immersion blender. Larger pieces of petal might not preserve well and could cause mold or rancidity. Dried calendula petals can be used freely when making soap. You can stir them in without chopping them up or scatter them on the tops of large loaves as decoration. Because they’re dried,

Lemongrass is one of my favourite tasting herbs, and one that I never thought I would grow at home. I use it when cooking Thai dishes and it’s just divine in a Tom Yum Soup served with a side of jasmine rice. Its lemony-ginger taste is also delicious as a refreshing tea, a cup of which I’m enjoying at the moment. Lemongrass is commonly grown from seed in the UK, and you can buy a packet of them for around £1.50. However the seeds are quite small and fiddly and

It’s been a very busy and fun weekend (is it Wednesday already?) and I only now have a chance to catch up on blogging. We had family arrive on the ferry last Thursday and the house has been alive and bouncing with excited little ones up to the beginning of this week. Over the visit we took my mother-in-law and the kids bowling, to the beach, up to the allotment and to the Royal Manx Agricultural show as well. They all had a blast. Elderflower and White Grape Jelly wins

Last night was my first night in a 4-week pottery course being taught by Faye Christian – and I’m so excited for the next! Five friends of mine and I are in her very first class, which is being held in her cute little studio in Crosby.The aim of the class is to introduce us to clay and to build a tea set composed of at least two mugs and a pitcher which we will be able to take home at the end of the month. I like that Faye

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