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On Weeds

It looks rather idyllic, doesn’t it? Here I am, pottering about in the veg patch. The sun is shining. Spring is in full bloom. But beneath this Constable painting lurks torment and peril for the Spring gardener. Weeds. Thousands of them...

The power of herbs (& a herby chicken broth)

If you grow nothing else, grow herbs. You won’t need much space. A windowsill will do just fine. From this small investment of time and space you will be rewarded with deliciousness and the giddy satisfaction of having grown something yourself...

Pan-fried radishes, puy lentils & anchovies

Every April I thank goodness for radishes. I know it sounds a bit loopy to pan-fry them but trust me: they lose all their peppery punch when cooked and turn mellow, pink and deeply savoury – like a turnip’s more interesting cousin...

In Praise of Spring: how nature makes you happy

What is it about Spring, eh? I mean, think about it. The other seasons just gradually dawn on you, don't they? Not spring. One day it's Winter and the next day, bang, you’re being slapped about the face with a bunch of daffodils...

Roast cauliflower with pine nuts, capers & raisins

I get a bit evangelical about cauliflowers. So undervalued. Really difficult to grow and totally unappreciated. I'm cooking a hearty roast cauliflower supper whilst I contemplate trying to grow them myself....

Last hurrah for the winter squash

They’ve had a good innings. Harvested in October, the squash have patiently sat in the shed awaiting their moment of glory. Today, that glory is an unctuous squash puree with spelt, feta and a colourful mix of roast veg. A Sunday Lunch kind of dish full of warmth and comfort. Perfect, I hear there's snow coming…

A Cake for Mother’s Day

If you have a mum like mine, you’ll be making her a cake this Sunday. I know we all think our Mum is the best, but mine really is. I’m sure yours is lovely and all, it’s just that mine is THE Best. So, I’m baking a rather unusual cake…

A Spring Feast: 4th May 2018 supper club

Spring! Finally. It's here. Of course, by 'here' I mean 'above freezing and not snowing' – but I'll take that at the moment. To celebrate the tiniest glimpse of something other than winter, I'm delighted to say I have an exciting new supper club for you…

Rhubarb and Seville orange ceviche

Cooking with the seasons is rarely a chore. There’s always something new just coming in to season to inspire you. Nature is always waving her arms and mouthing, “This! Over here. It’ll go brilliantly with that.” Except for now. Now, Nature is taking a nap…

Unnecessary cooking: a perfect waste of time

The other weekend, home alone and holed up inside from a howling storm, I found myself with nothing to do. This is so rare that when I realised the day stretched before me, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. What would I do? Cook, obviously...

Forced rhubarb, saffron & honey granola pots

The drizzle has set in. The mud is endless. When it isn’t raining the mire freezes rock hard. A chill wind whips around your collar and down your back. Even the dog shivers. We are in the depths of the Hungry Gap. But not in Yorkshire...

The 2018 Patch Plan & Space Optimism

How I managed it is a mystery. I was so enthused by the prospect of a new patch that when it came to the planting list, I perhaps very slightly over-estimated the available space. I have space optimism. How ever would I fit it in?

More Borrowed Quince with Marzipan

Last week there was quince with pork, rhubarb and Sichuan pepper. It was scrumptious. This week there is yet more quince in the fridge. And there is very little else to get excited about in fridge or allotment. So I make pudding. A sweet treat...

A Borrowed Quince Harvest with Sichuan Pork & Rhubarb

You know those chainmail gloves you can use when shucking oysters? Well, they would be useful if you plan to grow quince. The growing of the quince itself is relatively easy. It’s in the cooking of them that the effort is spent...

New Beginnings

My New Year’s resolution is to not make any. Horrid things. The only serve to make you feel inadequate. What I do remain a sucker for though is new beginnings. A blank page, a fresh start is something I love. And this year I have the ultimate in new beginnings: a new kitchen garden…

Slack’s Festive Hacks

When you've got a surname like mine there is no pun, rhyme or gag you haven't heard. Until last week this is, when Slack's Hacks was born. I can take absolutely no credit for its invention but I will steal it for my own. Here then, are my Slack's Festive Hack's to make your veg sing this Christmas...

Chard, goats’ cheese and spelt pizza

Chard. Honestly, if you grow nothing else, grow chard. It is bullet proof, prolific, long lasting, beautiful and, most importantly of all, tasty. Sow anytime March-August in shallow drills, thin the seedlings and wait. Just wait...

Pear and cardamom friands

I've pulled off my wellies, hung up my Barbour, scrubbed the soil out of my nails and headed to the big city of London this week where I'm teaching cookery classes for AEG at Taste of London Festive Edition...

A Glut of Courgettes Stuffed with Lamb

Warm and wet. We might not like this so-called English 'Summer', but to the courgette plant, this is heaven. There's a veritable pool party going on down in the patch...

Making Your Veg Pop & Other Food Styling Tips

I always say that if someone you’re cooking for says, “Wow!” when you put the food on the table there’s almost no chance they won’t enjoy eating it. That’s not say that cooks should worry about crockery and to hell with the salt...

The Restorative Qualities of a Good Bean Salad

Your first proper summer harvest is never just bucket of muddy veg from the patch. It’s nature’s way of fishing you out of the treacle, giving you a good nutritious meal and setting you back on the right path...

Celery Hearts & Sandwiches: What My Dad’s Taught Me About Food

I think the moment he really knew was when I accidently dropped a mussel into my Orangina, fished it out and scoffed it anyway. We were on holiday in France. I was, maybe, eight...

Elderflower Fritters & Thyme Yogurt Sorbet

The swallows are back. The dog is covered in stickyweed. And the elderflower is in bloom. It can only be late May in England. It's such a specific time of year and, for me, marked most notably by the heady, blousy aroma of elderflowers...

Roast Radish, Feta and Spelt Salad

I’m quite an impatient gardener. I like crops that just get on with it. Veg that grows quickly and dishes up a reliable, colourful harvest without a fuss. I like a good bang for my buck. That’s why radishes...