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SEASONAL ORGANIC FOOD INSPIRED BY NATURE

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|

Hero Harvest: Strawberry and rose no-churn ice-cream

The strawberries this year are recalcitrant. They have taken one look at the rain and found there no incentive to put on a good showing since Wimbledon will undoubtedly be rained off so the nation won’t be requiring any strawberries. But all is not lost...

June 21st, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Broad bean & feta frittata

Although it has been Broad Bean Week, I have not been frittering away the hours idolising them. Oh no. I have been busy. So I am grateful to this quick and simple frittata recipe which I made for supper. Not only because it is a doddle to make, but also because it offers the welcome opportunity to revel in the full glory early broad beans - sweet, young and tender.

June 15th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Asparagus – in praise of simplicity

I caught 30 seconds of Great British Menu the other day. A chef was describing his dish. He talked of dehydrating this, sous-vide-ing that, ballotining, braising, glazing, roasting... The resulting plate was a throng of reductions, foams, tuilles, dots of jellies, smears of this and shards of that and I couldn’t help thinking that there was more ego on the plate than food...

May 17th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: asparagus, prosciutto & quails egg tart

The hero harvest this week is asparagus. But don’t imagine that’s because I like it. I mean, I love to eat it, sure. But asparagus is, in my view, a petulant toddler. I wouldn’t grow it if you paid me...

May 10th, 2019|

Hero Harvest (again): rhubarb & pistachio macaroons

I am just about back in control. Of the rhubarb, that is. I’ve been compotting, pickling, preserving, baking and have worked my way through armfuls of fat, pinky-green stems. But the pinkest ends of the daintiest stems I have saved for pudding purposes....

April 18th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Rhubarb – pickled with celeriac soup

There’s so much rhubarb in the patch that it is becoming a problem. Rampant and unwieldy, it is technically caged to protect it from rabbits, but I think the barbed wire is really to keep it from taking over EVERYTHING....

April 12th, 2019|