Posted in vegetable garden

Giant Parsnip

First post for ages, main reason being the enormous Clay Oven in the background of this picture it has been a labour of love and we are still working on landscaping the area underneath it.

I will also admit I am struggling to get my head around using the site i am hoping to get better. These little posts are a practice run.

I hope to post full instructions on building the oven together with photos of the process.

The vegetable beds have  been neglected this year due to all the time spent trying to get the flower garden and river bank under control.

We had a good frost last night so I decided to have a look at the parsnips this morning and this was the beast I dug up. As you can see it was enormous, enough to add to a beef stew and roast some in the oven, despite neglect and its huge size it was delicious. Throwing the water from the duck bath together with their poop is obviously feeding them well.


Posted in Recipes

Stilton and caramelised onion Quiche

This is one of my favourite Quiche recipes and tastes delicious hot or cold, great with green salad and hot buttered new potatoes.20161028_132627


  • 400g plain flour
  • 200g butter
  • teaspoon paprika
  • cold water (to mix)
  • salt
  • 750g red onions finely sliced.
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves only
  • 6 eggs
  • 750ml milk
  • 200g stilton


  1. Make pastry, mix butter and paprika into flour  until it resembles breadcrumbs then add cold water until it binds together, chill in fridge for 30mins.
  2. Heat oven to 190C or fan 180C Slide a baking tray into heat
  3. Roll pastry out and line a deep flan dish about 22cm diameter. line with baking parchment fill with baking beans and bake blind on the hot baking sheet for 15mins
  4. Remove baking parchment and beans brush with egg white and return to the oven for 8-10mins.
  5. Meanwhile cook the onions in the oil until starting to soften, add thyme and salt and pepper. Cook slowly for about 15mins until the onions are brown and caramelised.
  6. Separate 3 eggs mix 3 whole eggs with 3 egg whites and the milk
  7. Fill the baked flan case with the onions crumble in the cheese, then pour in the milk and egg mixture.
  8. Bake on the baking sheet for between 30-40mins
  9. ENJOY