Where can I buy a quince tree?
I bought mine from a specialist fruit nursery like this one.
What variety is your quince tree?
I think it is Vranja but I'm not absolutely certain. 
I have planted a quince tree, when will it produce fruit?
I think mine had been planted three years before it fruited. It produced just one fruit and then the year after that about a dozen and the year after that fifty odd. Since then it produces 200-300 which is, as they say, more than enough.
Where can I buy quinces?
Waitrose stock them in season -October/November. They used to stock Turkish quinces but last year I noticed they were English. Middle Eastern groceries may have them too, or you could try farm shops. 
How do I cook quinces?
Have a browse through these posts.
What do quinces taste like?
They taste like quinces. I don't think they taste like any other fruit and why should they? Apples don't taste of pears after all. They are often described as honeyed but to me they taste of quince.

Can you put a link on your blog to my financial services site/ my online dating services site/my weight loss miracle pill site/ my cookery site?
No I can't. I don't have any advertising on my blog.

Can I write a post for your blog ?
No thank you. This blog is my own, my precious.

What camera do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 550D. Most of my pictures, particularly food pictures, are taken with a Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens. Sometimes I use a Canon EF-S 55-250mm zoom lens.
All the pictures on the blog prior to 10th December 2010 were taken with a Canon IXUS point and shoot, a jolly good little camera.
I use the photo-editing software that came with the camera to crop and sometimes lighten photos. I don't use any photography equipment at the moment.

How do you find the time to do all that cooking?
I don't have paid employment. Cooking and running my home is my work. Besides you make time for the things you enjoy which is why I cook more than I clean.

Will you write a cookbook one day?

It's unlikely

I really enjoy writing about what I cook and sharing recipes on this blog. It's fun and I like the immediate feedback I get from your comments. It gives me great pleasure when someone says they have cooked one of my recipes. It also satisfies the teacher in me.

I don't want the deadlines, anxiety and general pressure writing a book would bring. I do not yearn to see my name in print, or to attend publicity events, I don't even particularly want to make money. I suspect going back to teaching would be an easier and quicker route to a regular income if I wanted one.

Finally, I blog because I like blogging and not as route to making a living.

And the most frequently asked question of all is

Can I be your lodger?
No. Sorry. Not even if you do all the washing up. But thanks for the compliment!


  1. Hi Sue,

    I have been reading your blog for about 18 months. Love your photos and writing. It takes just a minute to read but often gives inspiration and food for thought. I thought about the tussie mussie all day yesterday and what flowers I could use from the garden. Didn't do it in the end as had no roses! May try today. My daughter is trying to start a blog to attach to her application for uni, and I would also like to start one. Any tips for starting a blog? Does it take up a lot of your time? I tried earlier but got stuck at the beginning as I'm not technosavvy, I'm good with digital photos though. Your blog often lightens my day - don't stop. Best wishes TheresaB

  2. Hi Sue,
    I too love quinces, so much so that my sister bought me a tree, she had enough hearing me complaining that I could not find any quinces in the shops. It's now been in my garden for 2 years and I was pleased to read on your blog that it migh start producing fruits next year.
    I love that you blog about quinces and I also love the variety of subjects on your blog, keep up the good work.

  3. I've been subscribing to your blog for a short time but I am not sure if I have commented yet. I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading what you write and your seeing your beautiful pictures. I have never had a quince but after reading this I think I want a quince tree. I live in a condo so I can't get one right now but maybe someday.


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