Welcome to Scarecrow Cottage where we are in a constant battle with a falling down house, an overgrown garden and a tendency to look on the bright side of life. Our triumphs (and disasters) appear fairly regularly on our Instagram account – @scarecrowcottagewales .
Scarecrow Cottage Garden
For years and years I’ve grown a pea variety called “Early Onward” but 2020 has seen a switch to a French heritage variety which will apparently produce pink flowers, deep red pods and bright green peas. They are busy climbing up everything – tripods, bamboo wigwams and even an old fire guard. Sowing peas every few weeks means there’ll be a long harvest.
Scarecrow Cottage Kitchen
If you know anyone who has a grape growing in their conservatory or greenhouse, now is the time to make Stuffed Vine Leaves. Plunge each leaf into boiling water for a few seconds to soften it then put a spoonful of savoury rice (I used leftover risotto) in the middle of the leaf and roll up into a parcel. Arrange the parcels in an ovenproof dish, cover with a tin of chopped tomatoes, season and pop the whole thing in a medium oven for about 35 minutes. You could add a layer of grated cheese to the top a few minutes before the end of cooking time.
Scarecrow Cottage Crafts
The supposedly “reliable” shopping bag from a well-known supermarket chain turned out to be distinctly unreliable when one of the seams split from top to bottom. I took the handles off, deconstructed the whole thing and used the bits as pattern and lining for a new gorgeous and probably indestructible carrier.