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 · Harvest · Kitchen garden · Recipe

Cheese fondue, in a squash?

Last season I grew eleven different types of squash – 2020 seemed a good year to go all out. As lockdown V1 struck I set about furiously ordering seeds, it was the thing to do – everything was scarce and seeds were at a premium. I stockpiled Black Futsu, Butternut, Galeux d’eysines (a warty squash… Continue reading Cheese fondue, in a squash?

Country life · Countryside · Harvest · Norfolk

The hum of harvest…

The hum of harvest isn’t something that pleases everyone but, for me, the sound of harvest filling the air really does bring me great happiness. I haven’t ever really sat down to think why – maybe it’s because the beautiful drone of the harvesters and the rumble of the tractors scurrying across the fields signifies… Continue reading The hum of harvest…

Cooking · Country life · Farm life · Harvest · Kitchen garden · Norfolk · Rhubarb

We still have snow…

Without wanting to fixate on the weather…we still have snow. While we can now leave the farm, the main road that reaches the drive is still under three feet of snow. Yes, we’ve had some milder weather but that snow is really clinging on in there. Life is relatively back to normal on the farm, the… Continue reading We still have snow…

Country life · Food & Drink · Harvest · Kitchen garden

The annual rush to bring in the onions…

I’ve been growing vegetables for a few years now, but each year I seem to forgot what I need to do when. Often I find myself referring to seed packets, books or the internet. The crop that always catches me out is the onions. Although they are probably the most obvious crop, I tend to forget… Continue reading The annual rush to bring in the onions…

Country life · Harvest · Nature · Sunset

What a glorious day…

This morning it was blustery, and I mean b-lustery – it has been for days. The summer has seemingly disappeared to be replaced with more autumnal-like weather here in south Norfolk. Today I’d resigned myself to a day of indoor tasks, when mid-afternoon the clouds parted and the sun shone. Simultaneously I could hear the combine… Continue reading What a glorious day…