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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,

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 ...

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...

Monthly Cotswolds Supper Club

Big changes for G&G in 2019. Rather than ad hoc supper clubs, I'll be hosting a regular pop-up in Chipping Norton on the last Friday of every month (give or take). This has been a bit of a dream of mine and I'm so delighted to finally get it off the ground and invite everyone. Here's how it works, menus, dates ...

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...

Veg-stuffed yorkshire puddings

I’m not a fan of the term ‘comfort food’. All food is comfort to me. And anyway, what would that make other food? Uncomfortable? Hardly. That said, I do understand that some situations require filling, warming nursery food. And this week is a case in point...

Every Flavour Vegetable Fritters

Right. We’re all busy so I’ll crack on with it. There’s a time and a place for flouncing about in the kitchen letting your imagination run riot over making supper. But this time of year is not it. Instead, we need supper on the table in 10 minutes. Chop, chop (literally and figuratively)...

Why we shouldn’t call food ‘meat-free’

Excuse the rant, but someone needs to take a stand for veg. And yes, I realise I might be biased, but hear me out: isn’t it time we stopped talking about ‘meat-free’ eating and starting calling it ‘veg-filled’ eating instead?

Grape syrup cheesecake

This week calls for something sweet from the grape glut. But grapes and cheese is such a winning combo that it has lodged itself in my brain like the culinary equivalent of a musical ear worm. Every time I think, "what shall I do with these grapes?" my brain goes, "brie, cheddar, goats cheese, cream cheese....." A-ha! Cheesecake...

A roast grape glut and goats cheese bruschetta

A grape glut! Not mine. More's the pity. My neighbour's, who has a vine in her back garden, pays it almost no attention but is swamped with grapes. Now, when someone invites you to help yourself to their glut there's an awkward moment of glut-pilfering etiquette that ensues...

G&G X Waitrose supper club – 25th October 2018

The heating is on, the summer gardening gloves have been swapped for thicker ones and I've started talking encouragingly to the just-formed Brussels sprouts. Yup, it's Autumn. But we will not hibernate away and binge watch Strictly. Oh no, for there is a harvest to celebrate...

Courgette Cake with Lime Buttercream

The courgette glut shows no sign of abating. But I find that, when in doubt, bake cake. This week, courgette cake. People tend to wrinkle their noses at this point, but I promise you it's delicious. And, helpfully, the work of mere moments...

Blackcurrant frozen yogurt lollypops

It’s my first year with a berry harvest. And, goodness, it’s been a whopper. A proper old-fashioned, sinks full of berries, break the scales kind of glut. The blackcurrants have been particularly fabulous make a delicious, accidentally healthy, frozen yogurt...

Reclaiming the buffet: 5 ways to make them great again

Buffet. Such a horrid word. Conjures up a nightmare of pasta salads and wrinkled sandwiches. Of beige people queuing politely for their turn to pass a doily-clad table like mourners waiting to pass a coffin...

Gooseberry and elderflower trifle

Poor gooseberries. The unwanted spare part of the idiom world. And so too in the kitchen I fear. They should be piled high on our shelves at this time of year. But instead our heads are turned by that golden couple raspberries and strawberries whilst gooseberries sit awkwardly on the shelf being, in every sense, a gooseberry. Well, not on my watch...

Three more recipes for your courgette glut

It’s that time of year when the world divides into two sorts of people: the beleaguered courgette grower, foisting armfuls of them on anyone who stands still long enough; or, the recipient who made the fatal error of expressing even a tentative interest. Yes, it's time for us all to wonder what to do with that courgette glut...

Fig Leaf Panna Cotta

My fig tree is a maverick. No straight and narrow for her. No conforming to the usual fig-tree stereotypes. No, not for her the trappings of traditional fig-tree identity. She absolutely categorically refuses to produce a single sodding fig. I am left with only leaves. But, this is not a harvest to be ignored...

Summery chicken meatballs

Midsummer is worth celebrating, don’t you think? And in the only way I know how – feasting. Last week’s Summer Sharing Platter recipe was a perfect starter so this week: main course - chicken meatballs with a herby buttery sauce and broad beans, peas and spinach.

Three recipes for a summer sharing platter

Ah, June evenings. The glass of rosé, the perfume from the jasmine wafting over the terrace - it’s all very Evelyn Waugh, isn’t it? On this sort of evening it seems a shame to come inside to eat. Far nicer to nibble at a few bits and bobs from the kitchen garden and watch the sun set...

Eat more plants

Lot of vegans around at the moment, don't you think? Or lots of vegan cookbooks at least. Maybe there’s only one actual vegan per cookbook published and the ‘plant-based’ Instagram megastars are only followed by committed carnivores watching in fascinated horror. One can hope...