Costco versus Cuffufle

A friend of mine ordered 30 jars of my jams from me last week for her Mum’s 70th birthday tea party.

All the jars of Cuffufle Jam were annihilated! Big jar of Costco jam was barely touched!


More new friends and 2 top market days


Well, I’m recovering from a highly successful and busy weekend of fun, farmer’s markets and vegans! Saturday saw Cuffufle Preserves and Trishul Chocolate at West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton

Shamefully we were so busy that no pictures were taken! If I had have taken photos, I do not have the photography skills as yet to capture the loveliness of the festival and the great atmosphere that I felt privileged to be part of.

Sunday saw a very slow bike ride to mac for the mac  for their regular last Sunday of the month food fair.

You have no idea how heavy my load was - the rucksack alone nearly floored me!

The mac was lovely Continue reading “More new friends and 2 top market days”

Up a hill with a heavy load to Kings Heath Farmer’s Market


I managed to get up the hill to Kings Heath Farmer’s market – laden down with stacks of produce. I was slightly ‘puffed’ to say the least!

My trusty steed
Full trailer, panniers and rucksack – very very heavy indeed. Wasn’t so heavy on the way back mind! YAY!

Market was a success with lovely weather and even lovelier customers. My load was thankfully significantly lighter on the way back down the hill. – 1st Saturday of every month

I did however add to the load with stacks of luscious raspberries from Billy at He is fast becoming a favourite friend for Silly Sarah and I. In fact we’re going to become Billy’s Bitches – with Sarah using his gorgeous cobnuts in her raw chocolate goodies and me getting rather excited about his raspberries! We’re off to visit the farm over the next couple of weeks.

Raspberries and Rosemary about to be combined with sugar, then bashed/squashed a tad, left over night and then jam making ahoy!


Rachel xxx


My bay tree

It seems that the only thing that has done well in my garden this year is my bay tree. So………. I’ve got bay leaves and olive oil simmering away in a ‘bain marie’ AKA my chutney/jam pans.

Chutney and jam pans being used as a bain marie

I got the recipe from

Lots of care need to be taken when making infused/flavoured oil. I have found this site very useful for advice and tips.


Rachel xxx





Last year I had apples being donated to me on a daily basis and my apple tree was almost breaking from the weight of apples on it – but this year, the poor bees got tricked out of hibernation with some hot weather in March, then went back to sleep after stacks of frost! When they woke up again, the rain was too heavy for them to fly – aghhhh poor bees – and poor us, as the pollination process was hindered for our trees and a lot of other fruit and veg produce. And the SLUGS……………don’t get me started on them!

Anyway –  a lovely lady I met at Moseley Folk festival has given a stack of gorgeous apples, so I am busy thinking up things to make with them… and rosemary jelly for starters and then, encouraged by Indu Sharma, I am tempted to try out an apple and mint chutney.

Any suggestions/requests gratefully received.

Cheers Nina
Selly Park apples ready to be chutneyfied and jellified


Rachel xxx