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SEASONAL ORGANIC FOOD INSPIRED BY NATURE

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|

Hero Harvest: wild garlic

The veg patch is very needy at the moment. Planting seeds, replanting seeds because the mice eat them, spreading compost on the beds, tending to seedlings etc. So I'm going to crack on with the Hero Harvest - which is wild garlic - and then we can all get back to shovelling compost.

April 5th, 2019|

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|