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Rhubarb and Saffron Pudding

Lordy, Slack. Not rhubarb again. Yes. Again. I know. Every year, come the forced rhubarb season, I get a bit myopic. I’m sorry, but I just can’t help it. The baby pink stems. The welcome sweetness. In a month otherwise bereft of fruity flavours one can hardly be blamed. And this cold snap means one thing - steamed sponge puddings...

Supper Club ‘In Praise of Spring’ – 23rd April 2016

We're very excited to announce our first supper club of 2016. We'll be taking over the beautifully nostalgic Kingham Village Hall for an evening of light, bright, classically British Spring food. All organic, all local (in fact lots of the ingredients are from the G&G veg patch) and even our wine expert is local - the very knowledgable Julian Chamberlen. Here's the menu...

2016 Patch Plan: The Year of the Hero Harvest

Down with onions. And potatoes. And (most) carrots. There. I’ve said it. I’m out. I’m a vegetable snob. You’re shocked, I know, but it’s what I am so you might as well get used to it. And this year, in my veg patch plan, I’m going to embrace the veg snob within. This year, I will plant only Hero Harvests: crops that really stand out, grow well and taste better than anything I could buy cheaply and ethically in the shops. Let me explain...

Time-Lapse Stuffed Cabbages

The winter cabbages have been particularly good this year. Which is unusual for me. But I'll be clearing the patch in the next fortnight so they need using up, pronto, and therefore are perfect candidates for this week's glut. Plus, I had an austere but delicious porky meal at a St John's supper club last week so I'm inspired to make something austere and porky. And nothing says austerity like stuffed cabbage...

In Praise of Cauliflowers – Persian(ish) Cauliflower Rice

The cauliflower is the kitchen gardener's greatest challenge. Fiendishly difficult to grow, they are tricksy and stubborn little buggers. And yet it is one of the cheapest and most un-loved veg harvested in the UK. So all hail the cauliflower growers of Great Britain. We salute you with this Persian Cauliflower Rice recipe and more...

A Wishful Glut of Wassailed Apples

Tis' the wassailing season, so it is. When jolly rural peasant folk traditionally enjoyed the simple pleasure of a glass of cider in the orchard, their merry singing ensuring a good apple harvest. Our two apple trees, I’m afraid, received no such ceremony. But I do have apples and a terrific bircher muesli recipe for them...

At Last! A Glut of Leeks

At last! I have a proper leek harvest. They are fat. They are long. They are un-invaded by weevils. Regulars will remember my poor leek showing in previous years (see here). But no more! I have leeks! Lots of them! And a lovely leek, bacon and cheddar muffin recipe to show them off. Terrific for packed lunches.

The Endless Beetroot Glut – soup with mackerel crumble

You would think, by now, I might have run out of things to say about beetroot, wouldn't you? I've covered them in detail here, here, here and here. Oo and here too. Perhaps there's a beetroot marketing board I should talk to... And yet here we are in January and I find myself blessed, still, with beetroot from the patch. Admittedly it's a bit battered and woody in parts, but it's still perfectly good for juicing, smoothies and, in the weather warrants today, soup.

Recipes from the New G&G Cookbook

I know. I need a virtual slap on the wrist, don't I? I've been more than pitiful in my blogging of late. And for that I am sorry. But I have a terrific excuse. No the dog didn't eat my laptop (though he is sat a my feet as we speak with his feed-me-you-never-feed-me-it's-suppertime-feed-me face so it's not inconceivable). The excuse is this: I've written a book. A BOOK! I KNOW! I'm a bit excited about it all. And I've got some recipes from it for you...

Vote for G&G in the Cotswolds Awards

We've been nominated for an award - Best Blogger in the Cotswolds. I know. It's very exciting. The prospect of wearing taffeta and drinking champagne if we win is all too much for us. But the winner is the one with the most votes, so we need your help! Please vote today! Here's how

A Glut of Apples: Stove-Top Crumble

The G&G cup of bucolic idealism was overflowing this weekend at the gloriously twee Chadlington Apple Day - a village celebration of the apple harvest. The sun shone on straw-hatted men pressing apples, rosy-cheeked children apple bobbing and WI ladies selling jars of apple sauce (I might have made that last bit up, but surely it was classic jam and Jerusalem territory). But for a badly knitted cardigan I could have fallen into a Miss Marple novel ("golly, the Reverend's been drowned in a cider barrel!")...

Cooking with Kids at Big Feastival

I'm at The Big Feastival this weekend teaching Parent and Child classes for AEG. The weather's been glorious (so far...) and the classes have been a hoot - blimey we certainly have a [...]

A Glut of Redcurrants

There's nothing subtle about jam-making. Not in my book anyway. Just big, intense flavours and twee, chintzy jam lids. This week I've been let loose in my neighbour's envy-inducing fruit cage to strip the redcurrant bushes. They are enormous and I pick nearly 6kg from just one plant. Back in the kitchen there's only one thing on my mind - redcurrant jelly....

Patch Progress

There's been too much cooking of late. I've been feeling the need to get dirt in my fingernails rather than pastry. To get the sun on my back rather than chefs' whites. And the patch has noticed my absence too, becoming, as it has, a bit weedy around the edges and ever so slightly petulant....

Gin-soaked Supper Club – 21st & 22nd August 2015

Our next supper club is on 22nd August 2015 at The Cotswolds Distillery. Join us for a summer feast with gin cocktails to match each course. As usual, we'll talk about the food and cocktails so you'll leave full, merry on gin and a little bit cleverer too. Book quickly, there aren't many spaces!

A Glut of Milk

Milk. I've always loved the stuff. From the little glass bottles with rusks at playtime and to my adult remedy for sleeplessness straight from the bottle lit by the glow of the fridge in a dark kitchen.

G&G Taste of London Cookery Class – Rhubarb & Mackerel

The broad beans are home alone this week as G&G pays a visit to the bright lights of London Town. As well as being slightly overwhelmed by how many people there are in our [...]

A Glut of Christmas Leftovers

There's little more satisfying than a festive leftover

A Hedgerow Christmas Cake

I've never made a Christmas cake before. That I've eaten homemade Christmas cake every year for thirty-odd years and never made my own is testament both to the extraordinary baking skills of my [...]

Recipes to Feed a Crowd…

…or What I Cooked up for Cotswold Table

The Dawn of the Black Radish Harvest

A cracking little winter harvest

The Slow Depletion of Sloe Gin Barrels

Been a while. Sorry. But the reason is a just one: gin. Sloe gin. Aside from shoveling the odd tonne of mushroom compost, there’s not much activity up at the allotment. My estrangement from brussel sprouts (they’re always blown) and my acrimonious break up with leeks (the allium weevils got there first) mean I’m a little short on veg gluts. (And why is it, by the way, that growing veg always feels like a volatile romantic entanglement? Is it just me? It is? Oh, right.) No matter. The hedgerow will provide a glut: they are covered in sloes. But before I can justify making the annual batch of sloe gin, it’s become something of a tradition to make sure the current sloe gin stocks are suitably depleted. And being around countryside folk for whom a bottle of sloe gin is an ideal gift-to-take-to-dinner-party, we have a far few bottles. And hence the delay in this post. For there’s only so much sloe gin one can use in a week without incurring side effects. And I should also add that it’s virtually impossible to take half decent photos of the food you’ve made for your blog post whilst sampling said sloe gin ingredient. Hence the lack of photos this week. Still, I’m glad (if a little jaded) to report that the sloe gin glut is conquered and here’s how: […]

Pumpkin Recipes for Grown-ups – No ghosts, ghouls or trick-or-treating toddlers invited

It doesn’t take much pumpkin to constitute a pumpkin glut. I have just one this year, but, at 6kg, one is plenty thank you. I confess I didn’t grow it myself. (Come on, of course I didn’t. Do you imagine I’d be nearly so nonchalant about its staggering weight if I’d nurtured it to 6kg myself!) It’s an heirloom variety called Rouge Vif d’Etempes and  was grown by more skilled hands than mine. They’re a good doer this variety: tasty (not like the watery, sweet sickly things you buy to carve from the supermarket), big and the best bit is that they turn orange when they’re quite small so you can stagger the harvest. Other pumpkins remain an obstinate, and inedible, green until they are fully grown. Once peeled and de-seeded, my 6kg darling yields around 4kg of flesh. Perfect for big batch cooking. Rather like any of the recipes below: Pumpkin and Sage Risotto […]

Wordless Wednesday (or… an off-topic but lovely Autumnal dog walk)