WIld Violets foraged for tea and syrup at PumpjackPiddlewick

I know spring is on its way when the yellows and purples start to show up in the garden. Daffodils start to show their sunny faces and purple wild violets peek up at me from the ground. Make Me Smile Flowers Violets are my favourite flower. Each year when IContinue Reading

I have a favorite french meal that I love to make. Let me share it with you from PumpjackPiddlewick

My favorite French Dinner is easy. Easy to decide upon, and to my mind easy to make. It’s a true classic, traditional, filling and even practical. Oh, and did I mention delicious? The Main Dish For the mains it has to be Boeuf Bourguignon (Burgundian Beef). This is the FrenchContinue Reading

A Croque Monsieur is the very French version of a ham and cheese sandwich. So is it better? Let's find out at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the most popular sandwich combinations in the world is ham and cheese. For good reason, they go deliciously together. It is a sandwich you will find, in some form, in a goodly portion of places around the world. In France, the Croque Monsieur raises the humble ham andContinue Reading

green tomatoes to cook with at PumpjackPiddlewick

As the days close in I now take an hour at lunchtime to spend in the garden with the ducks as mornings and evenings don’t give me the same freedom any more. We normally take the time to clear an area. Me pruning or pulling, the ducks eating the wormyContinue Reading

We are cooking with Pumpkins at PumpjackPiddlewick

Whether it is images for Halloween or the cornucopia concept of harvest, autumn to me can be summed up in one word ~ Pumpkins.  There is something about these roly-poly orange veg that just makes me smile.  (Maybe that is why we are driven to carve toothy faces into them?)Continue Reading