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A Love Letter to Brassicas

Christmas is brassica season, harvest time for the cabbage growers. The time of year to marvel at the kale which just keeps growing in all weathers; to gaze in wonder at the red cabbage, gigantic purple bowling balls that were nothing more than a palm-full of seeds a few months ago;...

December 6th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: squash filo quiche

Quiche is in my blood. It is my culinary inheritance. My mother is a champion quiche-maker, she has a cup and everything. And yet I rarely make one. Because quiche is a faff. Instead, I often turn to filo pastry: Far less technical, but delicious when filled with autumn's finest harvests - squash, kale and mushrooms....

November 22nd, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Chilli Harissa

If you have a greenhouse you will currently, most likely, find yourself besieged by chillies. The cold nights will have forced you to uproot plants like chillies, and bring in what harvest you can. Well, there is relief for the chilli-swamped amongst us: harissa. Once you have a pot nestling in the fridge you will find all sorts of uses for it...

November 14th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: no-churn grape ice-cream

Last year a friend offered me some of her grape glut and I was needlessly restrained in my pickings. This year when the grape glut call came once again I returned with none of my English-restraint. Some go in crunchy autumn salad with chicken and chicory. The rest, I discover are terrific for no-churn ice-cream…

October 18th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: creamed sweetcorn, mushrooms, crispy kale & garlic crumbs

Nature flicked the switch on Autumn this week. The wind, the rain, the mud, the half light have all been turned on and turned up. This is all the excuse I need for my latest addiction – creamed corn. Today, paired with mushrooms, crispy chilli kale and garlic and lemon breadcrumbs – best eaten whilst wearing your favourite woolens.

October 11th, 2019|

Hero Harvest: Roast Tomato Soup

When the nights draw in, my mind turns to soup. Tomato soup. Perhaps because it is, to me, the cure for all ills. As a child, a tin of Heinz tomato soup was like penicillin: it could remedy almost any ailment from a grazed knee to a chill caught after a reckless trip in a rowing boat during a rainstorm...

October 4th, 2019|

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 than scrabble around to find [...]

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|