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SEASONAL FOOD INSPIRED BY NATURE

Allotment Planting Plan 2019

I am not normally late. But this year I’m uncharacteristically late to the veg patch. Last week, I finally got round to clearing up the weeds that seem undeterred by winter chill. And this week I have, at last, decided what to plant and where for 2019...

March 22nd, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Celeriac – with almonds, za’atar and garlic oil

I’ve had better harvests, I admit. My celeriac crop is a collection of golf balls. Still, if you can be bothered to take a machete to the greenery and then chisel away the muddy root to find the walnut sized piece of usable flesh within, there’s much that can be done with it...

February 22nd, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Red Cabbage

Poor red cabbage. Too often braised, too little loved. It's an absolute gem and incredibly versatile. But what do we do? We boil it for hours to accompany ham on boxing day then forget about for another year...

February 15th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Kalettes

There’s renewed focus in the G&G kitchen this week. I’ve given myself the task of picking one seasonal fruit or veg each week and dedicating my whole week to making that plant the hero of my meals. And my subject of adoration this week is the kalette...

February 8th, 2019|

Forced Rhubarb Tart

It wasn't entirely accidental that the first G&G monthly supper club, last Friday, happened to coincide with the start of the forced rhubarb season. Regulars will know I go a bit loopy about rhubarb,

February 1st, 2019|

Portrait of a Cauliflower

I can’t grow cauliflowers. Believe me, I’ve tried. I tried germinating them from seed first, which turned out to be a fool’s errand, so troublesome are they to rear when young. I’ve tried buying plug plants. But they sulked in their newly fed soil, like grumpy teenagers and ...

January 18th, 2019|

Every Vegetable Ramen: an antidote to January

Honestly, there are times when I feel like throwing the towel in and flouncing off to become a podiatrist or something. It happens when the whole foodie scene loses its head and gets all obsessed with something completely nonsensical. But help is at hand, in the form of soup...

January 11th, 2019|

Spanakopita

When I grow spinach, which is always, I think about the size of the harvest in terms of how much spanakopita it will make. “Ooo, terrific,” I say, “there’s two spanakopitas ready to pick on that plant alone.” The glutton’s version of a bushel...

November 30th, 2018|