Cooking · Food & Drink · Gardening · Kitchen garden

Cucumber ice cream, really?

A few weeks ago I harvested a large number of cucumbers from the greenhouse. I was thinking about what I could use them for, aside from salads and pickles, when it suddenly occurred to me that the crisp, clean flavour would lend itself well to an ice cream. My thinking was inspired by a grapefruit and basil ice cream… Continue reading Cucumber ice cream, really?

Country life · Gardening

Planting hyacinth bulbs for Christmas…

Without wanting to talk about the festive season too early, there is one festive thing I like to start in October and that is planting hyacinth bulbs for indoor blooms at Christmas. Now, Christmas in our house isn’t a very big affair, and what decorations we do have are mostly plant-based (apart from the pet-proof wooden… Continue reading Planting hyacinth bulbs for Christmas…

Country life · Gardening · Kitchen garden

New blooms and burgeoning produce…

I love this time of year. The sun has begun to shine for longer, the garden is starting to come alive with unfurling blooms and the veg patch is flourishing. In the kitchen garden we have apricots, blackcurrants, gooseberries and cherries coming through, in the greenhouse we have tomatoes, melons, chillis and peppers coming on strongly… Continue reading New blooms and burgeoning produce…