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Latest Recipes

Backyard Chicken & Chorizo Paella

This recipe is great for cooking on the stove, as well as the bbq, but if the weather is good it is worth the extra time and effort to cook outside…

Cast Iron Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken

Simple Garlic Butter Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet Simple cooking – delicious results. This chicken recipe is brilliant for feeding a crowd and so full of flavour…

Mackerel ready to cook

Fresh Mackerel with Bay and Peas

Cook fresh fish in tin foil for an easy and delicious supper. This recipe can also be used for BBQ cooking.

From Lawn to Food Forest

Back in March 2019 we decided to start a food forest project in the front garden. It was a pretty easy decision to make. The front garden was mostly lawn, and we never really did much with it other than mow it, on what seemed liked too regular as basis….

  • by cottagecookbook Spatchcocked roast chicken cooked on a bed of rosemary, skin on Jersey Royal potatoes, a giant sharing Yorkshire pudding and
  • by cottagecookbook Bacon, Black Pudding Cheese Burgers and shallot, french mustard dogs on the BBQ this evening. Going down well with a
  • by cottagecookbook There's nothing better than freshly picked vegetables! Our first harvest of spinach, chard and kale leaves from the makeshift construction
  • by cottagecookbook My Tickled Pink apple tree. Last year this was planted in the food forest garden and gave just a single
  • by cottagecookbook These Strawberries have so many flowers on! I'm expecting an epic strawberry yield this year.
  • by cottagecookbook No, that's not chocolate. Just finishing up for the day on the Imperial Bay and Rosemary, chocolate Abbey Milk Stout.
  • by cottagecookbook I don't show photos of our side garden often as it doesn't have many edible plants (other than a single
  • by cottagecookbook Brew day! I'm making an Imperial Bay and Rosemary, chocolate Abbey Milk Stout. With rolled oats, rise petals, cocoa, honey,
  • by cottagecookbook Red Currants
  • by cottagecookbook It'll not be long until we're picking raspberries again. We're just about finishing last year's frozen raspberries. Our little patch

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Chives – a garden must-have!

Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow and their slight oniony flavour means that they go well in nearly every savory dish. We have several chive plants in our garden and spend the entire season (spring to autumn) adding them to …