Looking for Inspiration?

On my first blogging anniversary I decided t0 start highlighting some of the posts that I’ve been reading occasionally. Well, I’ve been inspired by fellow bloggers in my kitchen and my choice of reading material recently, and really must share some of my favourite posts with you.

First of all I made some ofย  this fantastic Apple and Cinnamon Chutney which I found on Frugal Feeding.

Frugal Feeding is one of my favourite food sites, as there are often spicy dishes such as curries, and other traditional British recipes. This chutney just jumped out of the page at me, since I had so many apples on my hands, and it looked so tasty…

And it is! The house smelt amazing while making it! Take a look at this fabulous site – even if you’re not looking for recipes, the author’s words will impress… his style of writing is so very British!


Then Verity at Crumpet Kitchen posted these Carrot and Ricotta Galettes. Yummy!

Verity is clearly a brilliant cook, and I’ve been tempted before by her delicious recipes; apricot tart, raspberry tiramisu, cranberry blondies… shall I go on?! The galettes were quick and easy, and very very tasty.


Next, Claire at Promenade Plantings recently visited Great Dixter gardens in the south of England.

(Great Dixter: Picture from Wikimedia Commons)

In this lovely post about the gardens, with some beautiful photos, she mentioned a book “Dear Gardener and Friend“; it is a collection of letters between the maker of the present gardens, Christopher Lloyd, and the famous gardener Beth Chatto. Now on my reading list, it is a record of their exchanges regarding plants, successful and less successful gardening experiments, and life in general. I’m glad Claire mentioned this book, as I think it will make excellent reading in the winter months to come!


Another inspiration recently was from Sarah at The Garden Deli. If you’re wondering what to do with your herbs before the frost gets them, take a look at this post for a red onion and thyme loaf.

A great idea, which I put into practice the other day, adapting it to what I had on hand… parsley, sage rosemary and thyme… (remember Scarborough Fair?) and making rolls instead of a loaf.


Thanks to these bloggers for their wonderful posts!

Have YOU been inspired recently?

30 thoughts on “Looking for Inspiration?

  1. Hi Cathy, thanks for the mention, the book is a lovely gentle read if you know what I mean.
    I know a couple of the blogs, and I need to take a look at the others, all so tempting.
    great way to celebrate by sharing!

  2. Thanks for the mention Cathy! Good to hear the recipe worked for you – I hadn’t thought of using the dough to make rolls instead of a loaf – see, you’re post has given me ideas too!
    Oh, and I’ve collected some seeds – just making sure they’re good and dry before I send them.

    • Thanks a lot Sarah. I had some left-over dough in the freezer, hence the rolls. But they worked very well and were really delicious! Might experiment with other fillings now! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I like this idea of round-ups. I often see recipes or posts on plants and think “oh, I must remember that” and then I forget where I saw them and they vanish into cyberspace! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Enjoyed your pick of posts Cathy and have made a note of new to me blogs to visit. Have read ‘Dear Friend and Gardener’ and thoroughly recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

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