Wednesday, 16 March 2011


A little bit of link spam here ;)

I'm currently doing the C25k programme and enjoying it immensely! I'm about to start week 3 and although it's causing me a bit of pain I'm feeling fitter and my stamina is improving day by day.

My sister asked me to run the Race for Life with her and we've signed up to run the 5km on July 10th this year at Leicester! Meep!

We're able to wear a dedication on our backs as we run and I'll be running for my friend Claire. Her bravery and honesty throughout her journey with cancer inspires me, breaks my heart and makes me love her.

I'm trying to raise as much as I can for cancer research so other people facing this disease have access to as much viable treatments as possible to help cure or delay the progress of the illness.

Please sponsor me if you can (and gift aid it) each penny really does help and also has the added benefit of keeping me motivated on days when I would rather eat chips* than go out and train.

*disclaimer - I am not giving up chips completely ;)

Click the image below to go to my sponsor page


Also, my wonderful friend Sarah Bell has organised, collated, created and printed a recipe book. It's an amalgamation of recipes made by family and friends for her handfasting last year and all moneys raised from it's sale are going to SANDS.

It has a few of my recipes in including my basic bread recipe and the infamous Mead.

You can read more about it here -

Buy it from here -

Thanks everyone x

Friday, 4 March 2011

Off we go again

Finally today a bit of sunshine and dry weather!

Greenhouse being repaired


Garlic growing nicely in it's bed.


Blueberry and Morello Cherry starting to shoot.


Toby enjoying the outdoors


Inside we have both of the lime trees starting to bloom again, hopefully they'll be a bit more successful this year. This weekend is set aside for seed sowing, leaf raking and generally tidy-up-ness.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Easy Lime Pickle

Amended from a recipe at

  • 12 unwaxed limes
  • 75g coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsps chilli powder
  • 1 tbsps turmeric
  • 180ml vegetable oil
1. Wash each lime thoroughly and cut lengthwise into 8 slim wedges
2. Place in a large bowl - sprinkle with the salt and set aside.
2. Put fenugreek and mustard into a skillet or heavy bottomed saucepan and dry-roast over medium heat about 1 to 2 minutes until they begin to pop.
3. Put into a mortar and grind to a fine powder with a pestle.
4. Add the chili and turmeric and mix well. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the limes and stir gently.
5. Pour the oil over the limes and cover with a dry cloth.

Lime Pickle

6. Leave the bowl in a sunny place for approx 2 weeks until the limes have softened. This can take a little longer in a colder climate.

7. Pack in jars, seal them, and store in a cool, dark place.