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)

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?

Dahlias · Gardening · Kitchen garden · Woodworking

A vase fit for an array of dazzling dahlias…

It’s no secret, I’m mad on dahlias. The love affair has been a fairly recent one – well, one year, two months and seventeen days to be precise. It all began after a visit to the Norfolk & Suffolk Dahlia Society’s show last year. Imagine a village hall bursting to the rafters with hundreds of… Continue reading A vase fit for an array of dazzling dahlias…

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

The joy of preserving (and a recipe for preserved green figs)…

As I sit down to write this a saucepan is simmering on the hob – full to the brim with rosehips and cooking apples. After a night in a straining bag the concoction will transform into a jelly, which will lovingly see us through winter as a vital and delicious ingredient for stews, gravies and… Continue reading The joy of preserving (and a recipe for preserved green figs)…

Food & Drink · Kitchen garden

Why I’ll be giving lovage a home in my garden…

When a friend visited recently she came bearing a bunch of green leaves – in all honesty, I had no idea what they were. It turned out to be lovage. She’d grown the ornamental herb in her garden and it had sprouted furiously. The leaves were big, lush and vibrant and the scantest of touches… Continue reading Why I’ll be giving lovage a home in my garden…

Cooking · Food & Drink · Foraging · Kitchen garden

My culinary life has changed forever…

Occasionally things happen in life that are so memorable they stay with you forever. It might not be anything big or fancy, it may just be a fleeting experience that moves you in some shape or form. …a dance with a stranger in a backstreet bar, a random act of kindness in the supermarket, a… Continue reading My culinary life has changed forever…