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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.

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...

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...

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....

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....

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.

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 Organic 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...