Pink Ladies Tractor Run

Diary of a Pink Tractor Lady – I meet my tractor…

On New Year’s Day, as 2023 rolled into town I found my phone lighting up as a new message came through. It said, ‘how about tomorrow morning?’ ‘Yes’ I said, with a huge smile on my face. Come the next morning I was standing in a farmyard about to meet the tractor that will take… Continue reading Diary of a Pink Tractor Lady – I meet my tractor…

Norfolk · Pink Ladies Tractor Run

Pink Ladies Tractor Run, here I come…

Six years ago I witnessed a sight that stopped me in my tracks. There I was, cycling on the backroads of South Norfolk when out of nowhere a host of women came hurtling towards me on an array of tractors bedecked in pink. It was the vivid and widely-loved Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. I’d… Continue reading Pink Ladies Tractor Run, here I come…

Food & Drink · Harvest · Kitchen garden · Recipe

Strawberry lassi recipe…

It’s me again, I’m back! After months of inactivity, the growing abundance of produce in the garden has me reaching for the keyboard again. Whilst I’ve been quiet here, I’ve been a whirling dervish in the garden. Three new raised beds contain 124 dahlias (it’s been 18 months in the making), autumn-planted garlic, shallots and… Continue reading Strawberry lassi recipe…

Gardening · Kitchen garden · Rhubarb

What to do in January in the garden…

As the new year rolls into town with a wave of warm weather it’s made me think about the coming year in the garden – about what I’d like to sow and what I’d like to cook with what I’ve grown, foraged and found. January can often be a bleak month in the garden but… Continue reading What to do in January in the garden…

Cooking · Food & Drink · Harvest · Kitchen garden · Preserving

The very best fig leaf recipes (including fig leaf ice cream)…

The sun is out and it’s a gloriously beautiful day. On a potter through the garden I passed one of the fig trees and caught the most wonderful scent. If you didn’t already know, fig leaves carry an intense coconut scent and flavour. I kid you not. Even now, as the garden and all the plants… Continue reading The very best fig leaf recipes (including fig leaf ice cream)…

Country life · Food & Drink · Harvest · Sugar

Sugar: From British beet to bake…

This morning I awoke to a tweet on my phone’s screen which simply said, £27/t. It meant nothing to me, but a little digging revealed the news that NFU Sugar and British Sugar have announced a one-year sugar beet contract for 2022. It means that beet farmers will receive a fixed sum of £27 a… Continue reading Sugar: From British beet to bake…

Cooking · Food & Drink · Kitchen garden · Preserving · Recipe

A glut of homegrown raspberries (and a recipe for raspberry jam)…

This year seems to have been a stunningly good year for raspberries – well, while we’re at it, any kind of soft fruit. Here, we’ve been inundated with berries of all kinds – strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, loganberries and now blackberries, which are rapidly coming into full force. All manner of other soft fruits are filling… Continue reading A glut of homegrown raspberries (and a recipe for raspberry jam)…

Cooking · Food & Drink · Kitchen garden · Recipe

Can we talk about fennel? (a recipe for fennel frond pesto)

This month I was overwhelmed when I harvested my very first fennel bulb. It may sound melodramatic but in the past I’ve lovingly sown my fennel seeds, cared for them, watered them, fed them and talked to them but have never had a bulb to show for it. The only way I’ve redeemed myself is… Continue reading Can we talk about fennel? (a recipe for fennel frond pesto)