Garden of Plenty

There are a series of landmarks in my gardening year and, however intemperate the weather, by late July, the croft vegetable garden has been transformed into a garden of abundance. The empty trugs of the hungry gap months become horns of plenty and we are sated with green comestibles. A pretentious little literary allegory which… Continue reading Garden of Plenty

Christmas in the Croft Kitchen

Back to Basics and a MasterclassIt is Christmas eve, the wind is rising to storm force, the surf is pounding the beach and there are squalls of sleet hurtling past the window. Strangely the croft kitchen is quiet, the larder overflowing and even if we could squeeze in another culinary delight more baking would be… Continue reading Christmas in the Croft Kitchen

From Kringle Wreath to Bread Pudding

More adventures in the croft Advent kitchen Will the Master Baker come to the rescue? After a course of counselling and esteem building I was ready to open the Advent kitchen again and continue my exploration of Scandinavian Christmas baking. This time I vowed to follow the recipe precisely, and accurately measure and weigh all the ingredients. However,  I decided… Continue reading From Kringle Wreath to Bread Pudding

The Revenge of the Gingerbread Men

The aroma in the Advent croft kitchen is delicious and augurs Christmas treats. There are enough spices to fill a potentate's bazaar, jars of dried fruit and dark sugars, bundles of cinnamon sticks and piles of gleaming Satsumas and lemons. The Christmas cake is slumbering in a miasma of brandy in the cupboard with the… Continue reading The Revenge of the Gingerbread Men