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Little Thing magazine interview

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Probably the weirdest thing that has happened as a result of my blog, was me being featured in a Chinese magazine this spring. The editor of ‘Little Thing’ magazine asked whether she could interview me for their issue on rural…

Rhubarb liqueur

rhubarb liqueur

I have said it before but: we have a LOT of rhubarb in the garden. So much that no matter how many cakes, tarts, jars of jam or muffins I make, no matter how much I give away, there’s more.This…

Nettle risotto

nettle risotto

My favorite weed is … the nettle! What – you don’t have a favourite weed? You just hate them all equally? In my opinion, weeds that are edible (and there are plenty) are already partially redeemed. But nettle is not…

Seasonal flowers – early June

seasonal flowers

The rad thing about home-grown flowers is that you just cannot go wrong with them. You can combine the most clashing colours and, somehow, they always work. Today’s bouquet is a case in point. Doesn’t ‘yellow+pink+purple’ sound like a bad…

Edible garden in May 2015

allotment in may

What a difference a month makes in the garden, especially in the spring! Even when the spring is as cold as this year. By now all our beds have been sown or planted with vegetables that are slowly filling in…

A week of eating from the garden/ spring

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It’s fun to see how what we eat has changed so completely since the last time I wrote “A week of eating from the garden” three months ago. In spring, it’s the greens that dominate in the garden and on…

Rhubarb walnut crumble

rhubarb walnut crumble

Every year I put a considerable amount of thought into the first rhubarb dish of the season. I usually cover one of our 20+ plants (I’ve been meaning to count) with a big bucket to force and blanch it and…

Seasonal salad – weeds

spring weeds salad

Do you have weeds in your garden? I hope you do – at least a few. Because if you have none you must either be an OCD gardener who puts the rest of us to shame, or you spray herbicides…

Edible garden in April 2015

kitchen garden in april

It is the kids’ spring break and tomorrow we’re leaving for France for a few days. I would like to take this opportunity to say how awesome it is to have kids who are big enough (and willing) to help…

Seasonal bouquet – spring bulbs

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Left to right: narcissus “Ice Follies”, Muscari armeniacum, hyacinth “White festival”, Scilla bifolia, Narcissus “Cragford”, crocus “Jeanne d’Arc”, blue hyacinth (might be “Blue Star”) April means the first cut flowers from the garden. A bit of beauty in the middle…

Homemade cream cheese with herbs

homemade cream cheese with herbs

Because my sister hates cooking (her words) it is not often that she becomes a source of new recipes for me. While my love of food is what drives me to cook, it does not do the same for her.…

Seasonal Salad – early April

early April salad from the edible forest garden

As mild as the winter has been for us (with a total of one day when the temperature did not come above zero), as cold is the current spring. Which means I am delaying sowing directly outside, (except for some…

Edible garden in March 2015

Allotment in march

People, if this is spring, I want a refund! What a difference from last year. There was a hail storm yesterday (actually several) and the ornamental plums on the other side of the street which are my barometer of spring…

Easter Lamb Cake

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Even though the way we celebrate Easter and the dishes we serve for our Easter brunch vary a bit from year to year, there are two food related Easter traditions we always keep. On Saturday we will decorate eggs (with…