Month: July 2017

Sterilise Jars

Sterilise Jars

When making your own jams, preserves, chutney, you need to make sure your glass jars are sterile to maintain their freshness. By sterilising the jars you are removing the majority of bacteria to stop the contents from perishing. Below is a step by step guide 

Pink Grapefruit and Tarragon Infused Gin

Pink Grapefruit and Tarragon Infused Gin

Pink Grapefruit and Tarragon Infused Gin may sound like a strange mix but trust me its amazing, even if you don’t normally like Grapefruit! The mix of dry gin, tangy pink grapefruit, and bittersweet tarragon blend evenly into a delicious and stimulating summer drink. Best 

Chocolate Mint and Roast Hazelnut Brownie

Chocolate Mint and Roast Hazelnut Brownie

These chocolate mint and roast hazelnut brownies are rich, gooey and taste just like the classic bubbly mint chocolate bar!

Chocolate Mint and Roast Hazelnut Brownie

My general opinion is that chocolate mint is a waste of perfectly good chocolate, I normally find it too strong or artificial and reminds me of chocolate mixed with toothpaste. All that changed a few years ago when I stumbled across chocolate mint at my local garden centre. Smelling just like my favourite bubbly mint chocolate bar I had to buy some, I started experimenting straight away and to my delight it tasted even better than it smelt.

Like other mint verities chocolate mint is easy to grow. Having deep green leaves and brown/purple stems this attractive herb is a beautiful addition to your flower bed, herb garden, or in a pot on your patio.

Chocolate Mint and Roast Hazelnut Brownie

Ingredients:
50g chopped roast hazelnuts
5g chocolate mint leaves chopped finely
50g dark chocolate chips
200g unsalted butter
200g 70%+ cocoa chocolate broken up
3 free range eggs
260g golden caster sugar
120g sifted plain flour
1tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C/175C fan/gas 4
2. Melt the butter and chocolate over a bain-marie (see how to guides).
3. Beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture thickens and is fluffy, around 5 minutes by hand or a couple of minutes using an electric whisk. Then stir in the melted chocolate mixture ensuring it is fully combined.
4. Using a metal spoon gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, hazelnuts and mint.
5. Pour into a 20cm x 20cm square tin that has been lined with baking paper.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the brownie has a thin crust and is firm to touch, it should have a slightly gooey centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
7. Cut into 16 squares. Enjoy with a cuppa or serve with ice cream or pouring cream as a dessert.

If you like the flavour of this keep following for my chocolate mint hot chocolate recipe!

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Zesty Feta and Summer Green Salad

Zesty Feta and Summer Green Salad

Fresh seasonal vegetables with a zesty and herby dressing makes a lively salad full of flavour.   Growing up my parents idea of a salad consisted of shredded iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes, which is quite possibly the blandest food combination ever! This is the 

Pink Grapefruit and Garden Mint Water

Pink Grapefruit and Garden Mint Water

Pink Grapefruit and Garden Mint Water is the tastiest and most refreshing water infusion by far! This surprisingly sweet and unbitter drink is perfect for all the family on the few hot days we get in summer. It’s quick and easy to muddle together and 

About The Delectable Garden

About The Delectable Garden

Welcome to TDG!

I started The Delectable Garden to share my passion for cooking and baking using edible flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit you can grow in your garden. I hope that sharing delicious recipes inspires you to enhance your garden by growing your own produce whether it’s a potted herb on your patio or a full-blown allotment!

I should probably start by telling you that I am not a writer. In fact I am dyslexic and for the majority of my life I have avoided any public writing or reading in fear of being laughed at. This is a big step for me and a surprise for my family and friends. So please do not expect long elaborate posts full of descriptive words and gripping stories. I am a man who gets to the point using the least amount of words I possibly can. I apologise now for the spelling and grammatical errors that will slip through!

The idea for this site came to me after a couple of months in my new house. My husband and I recently moved into a Victorian semi with our two boys (Ralph the Bichon Frise and Bert the PBGV) and three girls (the hens, Roxy, Daisy and Betty). The garden is mature and has a beautiful cottage feel but has been neglected over the years. The 60s and 70s had an unfortunate impact on the house so it is being lovingly renovated and restored. With the house being turned upside down the garden has become our refuge. Spending a lot of time in a foreign garden I discovered new herbs, flowers, and fruits growing and appearing week by week, my passion for cooking was ignited by finding recipes to use the produce and that is how TDG was born.

The garden needs a lot of TLC and I have big plans for it. I should point out now that I am not a gardener. I have struggled in the past to keep plants alive, and have had some spectacular fails with my elaborate landscaping ideas. So I will not be offering expert gardening advise but I will share interesting ideas, my fails, and successes whilst completing my garden makeover. ‘Growing your own’ will be at the heart of my makeover and I hope I can give you new and exciting ideas on how to incorporate edible flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit into your garden.

To add to the list of things I’m not, a chef. I have enjoyed cooking and baking since I can remember and it has been my longest hobby. My love of food goes hand in hand with entertaining, this has given me plenty of opportunities to try, test and perfect my recipes. You can expect anything from exciting salads, infused alcohols, delicious jams and chutney, good old home cooked dinners to naughty tasty treats. I promise you will get great satisfaction from adding your home-grown produce whether you can provide all the veg for your Sunday dinner or just adding a handful of herbs to a salad.

This site is dedicated to my mum and sister, two beautiful, strong and brave women. Since loosing them to cancer I have learnt you have to push yourself, go out of your comfort zone, try new things, and enjoy life. This website has already ticked all these off and will enable me to indulge myself in my favourite things, baking, gardening and entertaining my wonderful friends and family.

Thank you for finding and reading my blog, I hope you stick around for more posts!

Please feel free to comment, share and follow.

Lee 🙂

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to TDG! First of all I would like to thank my husband and my family and friends for not laughing at me when I came up with the idea! Without your encouragement and support I would not have had the guts to take the