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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...

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…

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.

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...

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 [...]

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...

Hero Harvest: Raspberry overnight oats

The advantage of a raspberry harvest is that, unless they have crampons and head for heights, the mice cannot get them. Yes, I now measure the worth of our summer fruits entirely by their ability to withstand nightly raids from mice. But the raspberries have, so it's breakfast time. For me, not the mice...

Hero Harvest: Radish spring rolls

The beds in my veg patch are four metres wide. Which is quite big. So each row of vegetables is also four metres long. Which is quite long. Especially when it comes to how many radishes you need...

Hero Harvest: Strawberry and rose no-churn ice-cream

The strawberries this year are recalcitrant. They have taken one look at the rain and found there no incentive to put on a good showing since Wimbledon will undoubtedly be rained off so the nation won’t be requiring any strawberries. But all is not lost...

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...

2019 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...