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In The Kitchen

June’s kitchen is smelling fantastic!

Posted: 19th June 2017


When I’m out in the garden at the moment I’m surrounded by wonderful smells! I love Philadelphus and it really is at its best at the moment – such a sweet fruity fragrance. We’ve got one in almost every different bed around the garden specially so that we can smell it everywhere we go! The […]

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Asparagus in May’s kitchen

Posted: 16th May 2017

Chicken & asparagus

Keep it simple when cooking asparagus-  you don’t need to tie it in bundles or put it in fancy upright steamers. Just snap off the bottom, slightly woody part of the stem, wash and pop into a deep frying pan of boiling water. The fresher it is the quicker the cooking so I find I […]

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Fresh tastes in April’s kitchen

Posted: 11th April 2017

Brassicas - Broccoli - Purple sprouting broccoli cheese on toast

I’ve just picked the first of the purple sprouting broccoli that’s been growing for so long over the winter – but it was certainly worth the wait! Purple sprouting broccoli is best cooked quickly, either steaming or boiling for just a few minutes. If the stems are thick then slice diagonally across the stem – […]

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Enjoy the fresh taste of spring in March’s kitchen

Posted: 12th March 2017

Rhubarb and ginger jam

We’ve been picking the first of our forced rhubarb for a few days now and I love it! It really freshens up our taste buds after all the winter veg we’ve been getting out of the garden. I don’t let any go to waste and later in the month when the stems are coming too […]

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February’s Bake of the Day on Radio York

Posted: 20th February 2017

Julia Lewis samples my pie!

A few weeks ago Martin asked me to take part in February’s Bake of the Day on Radio York. Julia Lewis the presenter wanted to have a ‘pie’ season and said that I could bake anything I fancied. Pies are great at this time of year as they’re filling and warming so it was a […]

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"Thank you for allowing us to visit your lovely garden on Tuesday. I'm sure we all learned a lot and Jill's refreshments were of course the icing on the cake!"
Jackie from Egglescliffe Gardening Club