Homemade Pickled Beetroots

One of my favourite ways to enjoy beetroot is to pickle them. Pickled beets are delicious in fresh salads but they also offer a taste of warmer weather when the winter sets in again. 

Beets are easy to grow, you can sow the seeds directly into the ground any time between mid April - July for a succession tender tasty roots. Those sown from June onwards can be used for storing in winter. When are about three weeks old, thin out the seedlings, and throw the extra greens into a salad for a little colour and flavour. The roots should be mature enough to harvest when they've been growing for about two months. Harvest when they are the size of a cricket ball. 

To start this recipe, get yourself some beets. If you don't have any in our own garden, hit up the farmers market or your local fruit and vegetable store. Trim off the greens and scrub the roots. Don't worry if you have a mixed size collection. 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

This really is our top favourite. It is always moist and crunchy. The cake needs to be still warm when the topping is added so that is absorbs lemon syrup easily, leaving the sugar on top. Do allow the cake to cool a little though, if it is too hot the syrup will tend to run straight through.

Whiskey Fruit Tart

This tart is easy, delicious and can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I usually serve it with fresh vanilla ice cream or cream. I absolutely love this tart, we usually have at Christmas or when we have a Shoot dinner, which is happening tonight. I am rather excited! 
Everybody should attempt to bake this tart, if you do let me know in the comment box below. 

Sweet Cow Patties from Chocolate and Oats

When i got up this morning, i am not kidding but i just wanted to get back into bed. I have a lot in the winter, just hearing the rain trapping on the window. Definitely wasn't a nice morning. he weather is so strange, one minute its raining, next its blowing a gale then its blue skies. I don't understand when it's like this. It's crazy living in the Lincolnshire some times but still so beautiful. I popped into Louth to get some groceries, as we needed some, for our Sunday roast tomorrow. I went to my favourite Fruit & Veg store (Robinsons & Sons). They are so nice. 

I planned making Cow Patties this afternoon, i really did think they turn out awful but actually they are a handy little snack, before you say chocolate isn't healthy i know that (but it tastes so good). 
I absolutely looooooooove chocolate. Melting chocolate as well i usually eat before it reaches they crispy cakes and yes i do get told off by doing that, but it's my chocolate. I can imagine working in the chocolate factory one day. My best friend is taking me to York in the New Year for a Chocolate Tour, i was so excited. We will come out obese but we don't care. I am fed up with being skinny anyway. haha.

Carrot Cake Recipe

I can say Winter has finally arrived, today has been literally awful. It's been raining all day and i mean all day. Well it was really foggy this morning but early afternoon it started to rain, I had to nip into town to the tractor store, it was terrible. I looked like a drowned rat. haha. 
Anyway! I didn't come here to moan about the weather, i came to you about my wonderful Carrot Cake recipe, it literally is the BEST!! You will have to try, unfortunately i didn't have any cream cheese, i am pretty sure i did but somebody beat me to too. I am obsessed with Cream cheese with icing sugar, taste so nice.

I don' t really like carrot cake i made this cake for my farmer who is busy in the yard at the moment, well he says he is but i am pretty sure he sits in the office all day, reading Farmers Weekly! 

Harvesting my Parsnips


Is it really November 1st today? This year has gone way too fast, i can't keep up. I decided it was time to harvest my parsnips as some of them was ready to harvest, and some have stopped growing (most probably given up). I know that feeling. Haha. We have got quite a few, that are really good this year. Last year was our first year growing them and they didn't really work out. Practice makes perfect! Wouldn't say they are perfect this year though but still a good effort.

It wouldn't think its November, it's unbelievable warm today, it's actually more like summer than Autumn. At 11 o'clock it was 17 degrees, that's warm for November surely. I can see from sitting here in the office, that our friendly mist is appearing over the wolds. I have just come inside to chill, write this blog, drink some tea and have a snack on my favourite biscuits malted milk. 
Farmer Biscuits!!

On the farm, we have a new type of parsnip Abbie May's Special. God knows what you would call that, looks more like Alien. ha. 

My two girls helping me clear out the Vegetable Patch, these two are friendly. The other five are somewhere bathing, or having a dush bath. I've cleaned them out today so they smell nice and fresh in the coop. I love my girls. Definitely lots of worms in the patch. They always think they are helping but actually they get in the way sometimes. 

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Farmers Breakfast

Morning to you all, 
So far today has been another miserable, dull, horrible day. Hopefully it can brighten up so i can head down to the farmers market to get my local produce. Anyway! 

I wanted to share this recipe with you, it's my favourite farmers breakfast. My mama used to make it all the time when i was little.
It's literally the best breakfast ever, you can serve with a big juicy steak or scrambled eggs and bacon or fried chicken! or roasted chicken or pancakes or ham. You'll love, love, love these. They're simple, easy and oh so flavourful. 

Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 45minutes

1 bag (5 pounds) Potatoes, cut into chunks
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 whole onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 whole green bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
2 whole red bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon Black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 195 degrees C
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, butter, seasonal salt and black pepper.
  3. Pour potatoes onto two rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan twice. 
  4. Raise the heat to 210 degrees and bake until crisp and brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper before serving. 

Abbie May