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Hero Harvest: Chilli Harissa

If you have a greenhouse you will currently, most likely, find yourself besieged by chillies. The cold nights will have forced you to uproot plants like chillies, and bring in what harvest you can. Well, there is relief for the chilli-swamped amongst us: harissa. Once you have a pot nestling in the fridge you will find all sorts of uses for it...

November 14th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: no-churn grape ice-cream

Last year a friend offered me some of her grape glut and I was needlessly restrained in my pickings. This year when the grape glut call came once again I returned with none of my English-restraint. Some go in crunchy autumn salad with chicken and chicory. The rest, I discover are terrific for no-churn ice-cream…

October 18th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: creamed sweetcorn, mushrooms, crispy kale & garlic crumbs

Nature flicked the switch on Autumn this week. The wind, the rain, the mud, the half light have all been turned on and turned up. This is all the excuse I need for my latest addiction – creamed corn. Today, paired with mushrooms, crispy chilli kale and garlic and lemon breadcrumbs – best eaten whilst wearing your favourite woolens.

October 11th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Roast Tomato Soup

When the nights draw in, my mind turns to soup. Tomato soup. Perhaps because it is, to me, the cure for all ills. As a child, a tin of Heinz tomato soup was like penicillin: it could remedy almost any ailment from a grazed knee to a chill caught after a reckless trip in a rowing boat during a rainstorm...

October 4th, 2019|

On Messiness

Paradise is a well organised tuppaware draw. A deep, pull out draw, not a cupboard, so one can look down on the neat regimental lines and inspect the troops rather than scrabble around to find [...]

September 20th, 2019|

Out of Office and in the Patch

Sometimes you have to unplug and focus on the here and now. Like the courgettes growing so fast you can almost here them stretching. These things I have missed in previous years, distracted by To Do list. But not this time. Because today is my last day of real work for six weeks...

July 26th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Raspberry overnight oats

The advantage of a raspberry harvest is that, unless they have crampons and head for heights, the mice cannot get them. Yes, I now measure the worth of our summer fruits entirely by their ability to withstand nightly raids from mice. But the raspberries have, so it's breakfast time. For me, not the mice...

July 19th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Radish spring rolls

The beds in my veg patch are four metres wide. Which is quite big. So each row of vegetables is also four metres long. Which is quite long. Especially when it comes to how many radishes you need...

July 12th, 2019|