Garlic & Herb Sautéed Potatoes With Samphire

What do you do with left-over Jersey spuds? For one, you can store them in the fridge overnight and make some sauteed potatoes with them the next day. Here, we’ve spruced ours up with some seasoning and fried them off in rapeseed oil. Leaving us with some delicious crispy gems to devour. As for flavour, it’s the rich fertile earth of Jersey which gives Jersey Royals their unique taste. It would be a crime not to enjoy them as much as you can when they’re in season. They’re sweet and summery, so can make for a very memorable dish. We’ve paired our Jerseys with some seasonal herbs and veg too. Samphire is an incredible vegetable. When raw, it tends to be quite salty so it’s often steamed for a few minutes before serving. It’s actually a sea vegetable (hence the salt) so it’s traditionally served with seafood. However, it can make a perfect addition to salads and potato dishes like this one. The complimentary flavours of samphire, fragrant fresh mint and spices are incredible. This seasonal dish is super easy to make and is great for summer barbecues, or any time of year in fact… 280g Jersey Royal potatoes, pre-cooked and chilled overnight.1 crushed garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic puree1/2 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon ground coriander1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepperA few grinds of…

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7-Ingredient Festive Vegan Wreath with “Turkey”, Cranberry & Stuffing

Give my delicious festive vegan wreath a go for a seasonal centrepiece that’s sure to be the talk of the table!It’s much simpler than it looks – my delicious festive vegan wreath is tasty, easy and requires only seven ingredients! Layered with sweet cranberry sauce, tasty sage and onion stuffing and seasoned vegan ‘turkey’, this recipe is a lovely combination for any vegan Christmas dinner or Sunday roast. For decoration, I used a star-shaped biscuit cutter to make eight stars from pastry cut-offs – this reduces food waste and makes the wreath super festive. If you don’t have time to read the recipe now, PIN it or bookmark this page.christmas-vegan-wreathHow do you make this ‘meaty’ vegan wreath vegan?Puff pastry:As you’ll know, traditional puff pastry recipes aren’t vegan. They require butter, but you can easily sub this out for a dairy-free alternative. There are plenty of benefits to going dairy-free – if you fancy reading more, then check out this article.   When choosing a vegan butter for this kind of baking, then you’ll want to select one that acts very similarly to dairy butter blocks. My current favourites are: Vegan Block by NaturliFlora’s Plant ButterBoth have a lovely flavour and work fantastic in cooking and baking. Also, I believe Stork’s Original Baking Block (not their margarine) is vegan. As much as I love…

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How To Make A Turkey

If you've never made a turkey before you're in the right place... The first thing I will tell you about making a turkey is that if you are making a frozen one, you will need to defrost it in your refrigerator for a few days before you make it! So first things first, read any and all labels on your turkey before you remove the packaging. I like to grab my camera and snap a pic of the directions that are on the plastic outer wrapping of the turkey and also the tag that shows the weight of my turkey. This is just so later when I am figuring out how many hours to bake it, I don't have to dig in the trash for the label (hey, we've all been there!).  So get that turkey in the fridge and on a pan so it can defrost. I usually put mine on a broiler pan in the fridge in case of any leakage. Use whatever pan you have that fits in your fridge and has a raised edge. When you are ready to bake your turkey the first thing you should do is get the pan ready for the turkey, since once you open the packaging, you're gonna need to get that turkey on the pan pretty fast.  I use the bottom section of a…

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Make It At Home: Sicilian Pizza

I'm a huge fan of Sicilian Pizza. For years I only bought it at my favorite pizza parlors, meanwhile at home I made my own Neapolitan Pizza so often that I had it down to a science!  But why had I never attempted to make that beautiful, thick, cheesy Sicilian pizza at home? I have no idea. Maybe I thought it was some secret recipe that was difficult or required professional expertise or pizza shop secrets. But then one day I realized that if I could make stellar homemade Neapolitan then I should also be able to make homemade Sicilian too, so why not give it a shot? And so I began trying out various Sicilian pizza recipes at home, all the while making my own little changes here and there, until I landed up with a Sicilian pizza recipe that is not only delicious, but easy and quick to make. I make the dough entirely in my electric stand mixer, but you can mix it by hand as well.  You will need a large rectangular baking pan with a raised edge, which is one of the essentials for this recipe.  Give it a try and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I'd love to know how yours turned out! Ingredients for topping: 1 1/4 cup prepared pizza sauce (we…

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What Plants Can Grow Without Drainage?

It may sound like an odd question when you consider it, so why would you want to know about plants that can grow without drainage? There may be many reasons: perhaps you want to grow plants indoors or don’t have any outdoor space? Or maybe you’ve seen a friend with their cacti and succulents, and thought you’d like to have some too! Succulents make a great choice as they are fascinating and, when you start to get into the routine, surprisingly easy to nurture. As we all know, most plants like to be watered often. Succulents – and cacti – generally grow in arid areas, so are used to very little water (we will cover the subject of watering your succulents shortly). However, they do still need watering, and this is where the problems arise when growing succulents without drainage in the container. Before we talk about why this might happen, here’s a bit more about succulents, and why they make such interesting plants. What Are Succulents? Succulents are a group of plants that have adapted to thrive in very arid locations. While they do need water, they don’t need great amounts. Like cacti, they store water in their leaves or body areas – they are sometimes known as ‘fat plants’ – giving them a fleshy appearance. Many succulents produce beautiful flowers, although this can be a difficult…

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Boneless Chicken Bites

Crispy, fried, battered chicken tossed in your favourite prepared barbecue sauce, Boneless Chicken Bites are a perfect party food. Serve with fresh veggies, dip, and lots of toothpicks. There’s no need to get your fingers dirty here! When it comes to finger foods and appetizers for game day or any other get together, nothing beats Boneless Chicken Bites! Then again, who could resist these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks, or these Baked Cauliflower Bites? And, when it comes to these types of chicken recipes, I have a lot for you to drool over. BONELESS CHICKEN BITES This is one of those recipes that I make just for myself. Whenever I find myself at home alone, especially at mealtime, I’ll make something just like this. My partner, John.e, is a vegetarian, so that’s one reason to prepare this dish when he’s away. Secondly, my daughter, McKenna, is very plain when it comes to food. If she’s going to eat chicken, she prefers to have chicken legs that are baked with just some salt and pepper. She’s not a huge fan of sauces. Unless it’s gravy. I swear, she could drink gravy! I’m the complete opposite. I absolutely love sauces of all types. In fact, I’m like that old lady in the Franks Red Hot commercials – sauce on everything! Our fridge is never void of ketchup, barbecue sauces,…

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Soft Baked Cinnamon Chip Cookies

If you love soft, cinnamon flavoured cookies, these Soft Baked Cinnamon Chip Cookies are for you! Loaded with lots of cinnamon flavour, these are quick, easy, and freezer-friendly too! You can easily scroll down and see all of the cookies. All you have to do is click on the picture of t If you’ve been reading my recipe posts for some time now, you will have read about my obsession with cinnamon chips or my obsession with cinnamon in general! I know I’ve posted it a million times on Facebook, and I’ve even had friends searching for them, but I was never able to find them. Until now. Before we get too into it, it might come as no surprise to my readers that I’m back with a third installment of Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas. Should you be new here, let me tell you a bit about how this works. This is my third annual Christmas cookie extravaganza. Like the previous two years, I will post a brand new Christmas cookie recipe for 24 consecutive days. Yes, that means Saturdays and Sundays too! For your reference, you can find links to the first two years further down the page. Fresh off of my 12 Biscotti of Christmas series, I’m excited to get this new series started. Last year, I also did 12 Bundt Cakes…

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12 Christmas Biscotti

Anytime is a great time to enjoy a biscotti. Even so, I’ve put together a collection of 12 Christmas Biscotti recipes that has at least one flavour for every personal taste. These make great gift ideas too! ANOTHER CHRISTMAS SERIES Just a short while ago, I published a biscotti series to the blog. The series was called Lord Byron’s 12 Biscotti of Christmas. It was a series that was posted over 12 consecutive days. I’m not sure why I do these things to myself or how I get it into my head that a consecutive series is a good idea. As much as I do love it when I think of it, the keeping up with the social media aspect of a series like that is quite overwhelming. WHAT ARE BISCOTTI? Without boring you to tears, it’s rather really simple. Biscotti is a term used to describe a cookie that has been twice baked. When you make biscotti, the whole thing is first baked in a long long. It is then removed from the oven and allowed to cool until you can touch it comfortably. Then, the log is sliced into thick slices and baked once more until the sliced edges have hardened slightly. Sometimes, the biscotti are baked standing up. And, sometimes, they are baked while laying on one side, then flipped…

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Stained Glass Ornament Cookies

These beautiful Stained Glass Ornament Cookies are made with an easy rolled cookie dough, some glistening sanding sugar, and your favourite flavour of crushed Jolly Ranchers candy. Last Christmas, I shared my Christmas Tree Ornament Cookie recipe with you. Even though those cookie cutters weren’t expensive, I was determined to get a second use out of them. Stained Glass Ornament Cookies had to be a part of this countdown for that reason and more. After all, what’s not to love about these gorgeous cookies? Now, it might come as no surprise to my readers that I’m back with a third installment of Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas. Should you be new here, let me tell you a bit about how this works. This is my third annual Christmas cookie extravaganza. Like the previous two years, I will post a brand new Christmas cookie recipe for 24 consecutive days. Yes, that means Saturdays and Sundays too! For your reference, you can find links to the first two years further down the page. Fresh off of my 12 Biscotti of Christmas series, I’m excited to get this new series started. Last year, I also did 12 Bundt Cakes of Christmas. Now, who’s ready to get started on this journey with me? Do you have all of the ingredients? Are you ready to accidentally inhale Jolly Rancher candy…

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How to Build a DIY Bathroom Floating Shelf

Many people forget to include easy-to-access storage space in their bathroom design, and out of necessity, bathroom shelves are added as an afterthought. You might have space inside the vanity and the medicine cabinet, but where do you put small things you need right away, such as cosmetics, toiletries, and razors, not to mention decorative items that personalize your space? Until you get some bathroom shelves, you’ll probably have a clutter problem around the sink. To fix this problem, I created a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a simple DIY Bathroom Floating Shelf for your bathroom. You can buy bathroom shelves, of course. However, building it yourself gives you the ability to make it any size and shape you want. Time to Complete 4 hours Total Cost $55 Skill Level Intermediate Tools for this project Tape MeasureDrillMiter SawTable SawNail GunKreg JigSander Material List 1x8x6′ (x2)1x10x8′ (x2)1x10x4′ (x1)1 1/4″ Brad NailsWood Glue1 1/4″ pocket hole screws Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal. Disclosure: Some of the links on this page as well as links in “tools for this project” and “material list” sections are affiliate links. Dimensions Cut List Step 1 – Start with Cutting Two Back Pieces for the Bathroom Shelf Take 1×8 board and cut two pieces to 64″ in length with a miter saw.…

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Top Different Types of Lemons Tree that you Can Grow on your Garden

There are lots of benefits to derive from Lemon trees: fragrant flowers, ornamental value, and tasty fruits that bring variety to the kitchen. Surprisingly, they are easy to care for and they can be grown in many regions of the world. To grow lemon trees outside throughout the year you might have to reside in a warm area. However, lemon trees can also grow in containers in cooler climates so they can be overwintered within a building. There are different types of lemons available that can be grown both in the garden and for commercial purposes. what are the Different Types of Lemons Tree? Pink Variegated Lemon Tree Pink Variegated Lemon TreeThe pink variegated lemon is an ornamental plant that is especially attractive. It produces acidic low-seed lemons. The foliage of the lemon is variegated, with ovate, glossy leaves with splashes of creamy yellow in random patches. Throughout the year, this plant produces beautiful flowers of vibrant pink buds. During summer and spring, they are more abundant. The fruits of pin variegated lemon tree are round in shape. The young lemons have unique green stripes. Their skins turn solid yellow as the lemons ripen, while the inner flesh has a pale pink color. This type of fruit is harvested throughout the year and is great as a garnish and ideal for use in…

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Graham Crumb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Graham Crumb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies When I decided that I was going to bake these cookies, my initial thought was to hold off on publishing the recipe until Christmas. For me, graham crumbs conjure up images of Christmas. I guess that’s when my mom would use graham crumbs the most. Well, she did make a no-bake cheesecake almost every Sunday for dessert. That had graham crumbs. Maybe I’m wrong about them being a Christmas thing. So, I’m going to go ahead and publish this recipe now. Yes, Dear Reader, you know I’m already busy at work on my third annual Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas series! The cat’s out of the bag now, but I think most of you already expect it to happen anyway. You know how much I love Christmas! And, I love graham crackers and crumbs, so let’s talk about this recipe! THE BOY WHO STOLE CRACKERS I remember when I was a kid, I would steal my mom’s graham crackers. If she was out of graham crackers, I would steal her graham crumbs. How could I help myself? They were so delicious! Besides, she’d never let us eat them because to her they were only meant for baking! I’ve shared with you before, Dear Reader, that I have never in my life tried an s’mores. Nope! Sure, we had backyard fires just like…

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Buttermilk Dill Ranch Pasta Salad

I’m all about pasta salads. I can eat pasta salad every day. There’s just a few caveats. First and foremost, they have to be delicious. Texture is an absolute must. And, they have to be easy to make, inexpensive, and they must be still just as tasty the next day! The best thing about past salads is that they can be made ahead of time. You can easily adapt them to your liking too, because they’re very forgiving. And, it seems that everyone loves them! That’s probably why they are such a popular side dish at many restaurants, and certainly at every summer picnic or backyard bbq! IS THIS A COLESLAW OR A PASTA SALAD? You’ve got a keen eye, Dear Reader. Indeed this dish has the makings of a coleslaw, but it also has everything you need to make a delicious pasta salad. I’ve seen a coleslaw pasta salad circulating online for the past year or two. I tried the recipe once. And, we loved it. I just thought I could do better. I’m not being conceited! Really! I just firmly believe that a simple recipe is great, but you can always improve upon it. How did I improve on the original? I made a homemade dressing for starters. And I added dill to the dressing – lots and lots of dill!…

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How to Ripen Green Tomatoes Off the Vine
Ripen Green Tomatoes

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes Off the Vine

How to Use Fruit to Ripen Green Tomatoes You can ripen green tomatoes by picking them before the first frost of the fall season. Choose one of the proven methods that can turn green tomatoes into delicious red ones. Green tomatoes will continue to ripen after they've been pulled from the vine. You can speed up the ripening process by placing green tomatoes with  other tomatoes  that are in the process of ripening. You can also place them with fruit, such as a  yellow banana  or apple that hasn't finished ripening How to Tell If a Banana Is Still Ripening It's easy to tell if a banana is still in the process of ripening. You can find green tinges along the tips of the banana. Supplies for Using a Banana to Ripen Your Tomatoes Within a few days, of placing your green tomatoes with a ripening banana, your tomatoes will begin to turn red. Brown paper bag big enough for several tomatoes and one bananaGreen tomatoes1 yellow banana with slightly green areas Instructions Wash and dry the green tomatoes.Place the tomatoes in the brown paper bag along with the banana.Fold the end of the bag loosely closed and store in a warm dark place.Try to ensure the tomatoes aren't touching each other. Check on Your Tomatoes and Banana Be sure to open the paper…

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What Types of Pest Insects Does Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Kill?

This includes fleas, mites, lice, ants, millipedes, earwigs, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, crickets, cockroaches, centipedes, pill bugs, sow bugs, most beetles, fungus gnat larvae, and some grubs. While it doesn’t outright kill them, many snails and slugs do not like to crawl over DE (and it slows them down), so it can be used as a protective barrier or deterrent. We add a light dusting of DE under the wood shaving bedding in our chicken coop to prevent mites and lice.  Diatomaceous earth is not effective against caterpillars such as cabbage worms. Because of their thick gooey mucus layer that helps them travel safely through gritty soil, DE does not harm earthworms either. That means you can safely use a light dusting of DE in a worm compost bin that has become infested with mites, fungus gnats, or ants. Diatomaceous earth is considered relatively safe for bees – when it is applied correctly, in moderation, and not in direct contact with them.  Is DE Safe for Humans, or to Use Around Pets? The good news is, DE is proven to be almost completely safe around humans, mammals, and wildlife! Chemically, DE is pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is non-toxic. In fact, diatomaceous earth is commonly used in the food and beverage industry for grain storage and beer or wine filters. It is often fed to dogs, cats, and…

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