Soups and Seeds event


Today I attended the Soup and Seeds swap in Stirling, It’s run by a great organisation. Wee man R loved it as he got to have a go at making seeds bombs and identifying critters in containers, He also go to look at seed in magnifier and not to mention the Soup and Bread (I think he managed to demolish about 3 slices of the bread)  !






Here are Wee Man R’s seed bombs







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I was also very please as I got to swap some of my seeds I had in my box that I am not going to uses, With some of these seeds pictured to the side.





Slow cooker mince and tatties

Very simple recipe , slowly fry onion (or shallots in this case) in a frying pan . Add the mince to brown . Throw everything in the slow cooker (including the liquid). Also seasoned the mince and onion combo with mixed herb ,pepper and a about half a teaspoon on mild chilly powder


Next I chopped /diced Carrots and Celery


Added them to the pot including 3 tins of chopped tomatoes and 3 tin full of water.


Simmer for about 2 -3 hours on the high setting

Then I add the magic ingredients of 2 tbsp of cornflour to help create a sauce for the mince. On adding the cornflour i find you need to turn the slowcooker to low so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.



Making planters out of Milk Jugs

Wash out your milk jugs


Cut the jugs (on these jugs there is a line just under the handle so i used this as the guide but it might be worth measuring the top and bottom , the ‘top half’ need to be smaller then the ‘bottom half’ so it will sit nice in each otherimage

Remove the lid and make a hole


thread a piece of string throw the whole to create a capillary action


Place the lid with the string back on the bottle


Place your top and bottom together (inside each other) and you have created your planter with a reservoir to store/collect the water , you can now sit this on your windowsill. Fill it with compost and your seedlings and let the growing begin.



Don’t forget to save you veg peeling




Veggie peeling are a great source of goodness for stocks which are otherwise throw away (in the kerbside bins or even   in the composter).

What i have found to be great is to save them all up in boxes or bag place them in the freezer until you have collect enought for batch cooking of stock.

The above picture also shows Chicken bones left over from Roast dinners also an additional great source of goodness.

To find out how have a look at my blog post i made back in Nov of 2012 Basic Chicken stock .


Has spring sprung?

Its certainly looks like on my window sills. Broadbeans and peas growing up fast




The growing season is upon us

So it’s the 2nd week of March which means for some people they can go out in the garden and start to sow seeds and plant things and expect result soon after, This is not the case for me as I live in bonny Scotland. We are are still getting snow flurries.

So this leaves the only option is Greenhouse growing or window sills.

This is what i do and here are a few pictures of my other ‘babies’

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Home made Sweet potato Crisps

 I recently discovered and on there site they have lots of brilliant Recipes.

Here is one i have found and fiddled with it a little for my tastes the original can be found here

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  • 1 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Seasoning


    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
    2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice thinly, I used a mandolin to cut them uniformly.
    3. Place the cut potato silvers in a containers and add the oil and seasoning.
    4. Place sweet potato crisps in a single layer on a lined baking sheet (I found a black reusable baking sheet the best.
    5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes (possible more) while watching the crisps closely and take off any crisps that start to brown, until you have none left.