Caramelised onion and beetroot relish

We pulled out the last of our beetroot patch a while ago and apart from gloriously roasting them or making my divine chocolate beetroot cake; I’ve decided to make a relish with the remaining small bulbed beetroot and to pickle the rest; ensuring that my family can enjoy our beetroot until the next spring harvest….

Beetroot, feta and basil pesto tart

The beetroot in our garden is finally ready to eat…though it seems to have taken forever to grow this year. I love fresh beetroot when it is combined with feta, so this delicious tart with basil pesto is perfect. This tart would be ideal served at a relaxing Sunday lunch with a garden salad and…

Dark chocolate and beetroot cake

I’ve just pulled out the last of our beetroot crop from the garden and with smaller┬ábulbs I decided to make a chocolate and beetroot cake; the original (& the best) red velvet cake when beetroot was used instead of red food colouring. My daughters have been quite adamant that they do not and will not…

Hooray, it’s vegetable patch time

Over the Easter long weekend we were drenched by a beautiful autumnal storm which finally signaled the end of summer. Our summer seems to have lasted forever this year (but I say that every year). Just when we thought the weather was starting to cool, we’d get a hot couple of days above 35 degrees,…

Seasonal Beetroot, Feta and Chickpea Salad

Over the last month, I’ve been digging up or pulling out the last of my winter vegetables in the garden. I had mixed results this year. We had a large infestation of white fly which devastated my brussel sprouts. I’ve been told that everyone had a bad time of it, so I’m not feeling too…

My veggie patch is calling me – autumnal plantings

After the heat of our blinding summer, the weather takes a blessedly cooler turn…finally. My mind turns to what vegetables I can plant for the upcoming winter’s crops. Growing your own vegetables is somewhat akin to a religion for some people. Yes, it’s environmentally sound and eliminates carbon miles, but nothing can beat the taste…