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…

Gardening · Kitchen garden · Nature

February, what do you have in store…

On January 1 I always start with good intentions for the year ahead – it always involves being more healthy, more organised and more proactive – but due to a stinking cold and various other factors January has been a bit of a wipe out. It’s for that reason I’m resolving to do all of… Continue reading February, what do you have in store…