Category Archives: food

Courtyard Garden : Autumn Figs #gardening #courtyardgarden #figs #fruittrees

20181015_135702Today, once the rain had stopped, I decided that now autumn is truly here, and most of the leaves have dropped from my fig tree,  it was time to remove the unripened figs.

Despite common myth figs are surprisingly easy to grow in this country. All they need is a sheltered spot, preferably against a south facing wall of fence, and they can produce a surprisingly large crop.

This year we had something like 40 ripe figs from this one small tree. I have grown mine in a  pot as figs tend to fruit more when their roots are restricted. Feed it well come the spring and with luck we shall get another good crop next season. Books will tell you to wrap fleece around them during hard winters, but I have had this tree for 12 years, through 2 house moves in the North Midlands, and never had to do anything. Provided the tree is not in a windy spot or frost pocket they seem to be quite hardy. Continue reading


Kirsty’s Pizza review #glutenfree #food

pizzaFirst thing I need to point out is that this review is my own personal opinion – and now to business.

I never expect a great deal of margherita pizzas – they are the baseline pizza and seldom more than a refuelling exercise – but even by that mark – Kirsty’s Gluten and Dairy Free Margherita Pizza is – in my humble opinion –  the worst I have EVER had.

The topping was totally devoid of discernible flavour and had a nasty slime-texture that stuck to insides of my mouth like… well I would not care make the analogy that springs to mind. Fried wallpaper paste would doubtless have been more appreciated. The only way I was able to remove it was to go and brush my teeth!

As for the base – it was tough and gritty and likewise lacking in taste. Imagine baked cardboard with a hint of budgie-cage sandsheet.

I was tired and I was hungry – I had not eaten all day – but I was only able to eat a quarter of this depressingly small offering before giving up and returning to the 24hr supermarket in search of something edible.

Needless to say Kirsty’s GF Margherita Pizza gets a solid 0/10.


Later Note : the remains were put on the bird table and even our greedy local magpies steadfastly ignored it!



BFree GF Wraps #glutenfree #food

I have tried three gluten free different wraps over the past few weeks from the BFree range and here are my personal thoughts on these products.

Firstly I would say that all three could do with being a little larger, purely in order that a hot of bulky items such as chicken or beef strips can be wrapped more successfully, but that is a small point. Continue reading

Beware!!! Tesco Ancient Grain #tesco #wheatsensitive

When you see something called an Ancient Grain Bloomer loaf I don’t think it is unreasonable to think that it is made with ancient grains.

Having bought one of these and eaten some on that assumption – I was quite ill for several days Continue reading

Stokie and Italian food – Barry Lillie

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Wake Up and Taste the Coffee

Kenco Millicano wholebean instant coffeeI usually buy Kenco Millicano coffee as I like the flavour. For an instant coffee is really isn’t bad.

Image for Nescafe Azera Americano Barista Style Instant Coffee Tin 100g from Sainsbury'sOn the last two shopping trips, however, the only alternative available in the ‘barista’ style instant coffees was Nescafe Azera.

Now I usually boycott Nestle products as a matter of course on moral grounds (as opposed to coffee grounds) but I thought this was a classic Hobsons choice. I was wrong. Going without would have been the wiser option.

I shall be using the cafetierre until further notice.


Sugar is Hidden

blueberryyog465x280.jpgThe sugar tax on drinks comes in today – but it is a given that sweet drinks have a lot of added sugar.  Ditto cakes, biscuits, chocolate and other ‘treats’

So what about those hidden sugars? Continue reading