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Last hurrah for the winter squash

They’ve had a good innings. Harvested in October, the squash have patiently sat in the shed awaiting their moment of glory. Today, that glory is an unctuous squash puree with spelt, feta and a colourful mix of roast veg. A Sunday Lunch kind of dish full of warmth and comfort. Perfect, I hear there's snow coming…

March 16th, 2018|

A Cake for Mother’s Day

If you have a mum like mine, you’ll be making her a cake this Sunday. I know we all think our Mum is the best, but mine really is. I’m sure yours is lovely and all, it’s just that mine is THE Best. So, I’m baking a rather unusual cake…

March 9th, 2018|

Rhubarb and Seville orange ceviche

Cooking with the seasons is rarely a chore. There’s always something new just coming in to season to inspire you. Nature is always waving her arms and mouthing, “This! Over here. It’ll go brilliantly with that.” Except for now. Now, Nature is taking a nap…

March 2nd, 2018|

Unnecessary cooking: a perfect waste of time

The other weekend, home alone and holed up inside from a howling storm, I found myself with nothing to do. This is so rare that when I realised the day stretched before me, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. What would I do? Cook, obviously...

February 23rd, 2018|

Forced rhubarb, saffron & honey granola pots

The drizzle has set in. The mud is endless. When it isn’t raining the mire freezes rock hard. A chill wind whips around your collar and down your back. Even the dog shivers. We are in the depths of the Hungry Gap. But not in Yorkshire...

February 16th, 2018|

The 2018 Patch Plan & Space Optimism

How I managed it is a mystery. I was so enthused by the prospect of a new patch that when it came to the planting list, I perhaps very slightly over-estimated the available space. I have space optimism. How ever would I fit it in?

February 9th, 2018|

More Borrowed Quince with Marzipan

Last week there was quince with pork, rhubarb and Sichuan pepper. It was scrumptious. This week there is yet more quince in the fridge. And there is very little else to get excited about in fridge or allotment. So I make pudding. A sweet treat...

January 31st, 2018|

A Borrowed Quince Harvest with Sichuan Pork & Rhubarb

You know those chainmail gloves you can use when shucking oysters? Well, they would be useful if you plan to grow quince. The growing of the quince itself is relatively easy. It’s in the cooking of them that the effort is spent...

January 26th, 2018|