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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 [...]

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|

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|