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Unexpectedly Tasty Kale Smoothie

I think it's ok to say it out loud now, don't you? I've kept my trap uncharacteristically shut about this in the past. But let's get it out in the open: kale smoothies are NOT nice...

The ‘Grow Yourself Happy’ Veg Patch Plan 2017

We’re in a bit of a quagmire at the moment, aren’t we? What with all this grubby weather and even grubbier politics. On my dog walk this morning I seem to be slipping over more than...

Blue Cheese, Pear and Chicory Salad

A chicory leaf and a radicchio leaf walk into a salad bar. One leaf says to the other, "I really hate the way the barman in here can never remember which one of us is...

Three simple healthy suppers for winter… & pud

Tasty recipes from today's G&G cookery class: granola bars, steamed fish and veg ribbon parcels, green bulgur wheat salad, roast squash and feta... and, naturally, a pud - rhubarb, saffron and orange blossom honey.

Wassailing mulled cider & honey toast cigars

Wassailing is really the only time my apple trees get any proper attention from me. I have two. One is a James Grieve step-over, which my husband tends with a consideration second only to that...

Leftover Christmas Cake Trifle

My gluts are coming from other quarters besides the garden at the moment. Namely, my mother. Who has bestowed on me the gift of leftover Christmas cake. Lots of it...

We’re up for an award, but we need your vote!

An apologetic digression from the usual to ask for your help. We need your vote! It'll take 2 ticks and would make our Christmas...

Orange, pistachio and chocolate madeleines with cardamom butterscotch sauce

Proust has a lot to answer for. All that chat about madeleines. It's elevated them to 'mysterious French delicacy' status, given them a rarified air of complexity. In fact, they are the work of...

A Fret-Free Feast for Friends

Dinner parties. So 1970s. They reek of vol-au-vents, Margo Leadbetters and awkward silences. The very mention of the D-P words and I am consumed by visions of an Abigail's Party nightmare. No. Not for...

Hedgerow Harvest Crumble

The hedgerow harvest is as bounteous as the veg patch at this time of year. Sloes, cobnuts, damsons, plums – take your pick. The air below every wild apple tree is thick with cider fumes as...

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Planting six cucumber plants was, it turns out, excessive. No matter how much cucumber soup you intend to make. I have been swamped by them for weeks now. Thriving as they do in warm wet conditions...

Harvest Supper Club – 23rd Sept 2016

It's time for another G&G seasonal supper club. This time we'll be setting up our little pop-up at The Tea Set Cafe in the beautiful Cotswold's town of Chipping Norton. As usual, we'll ply you...

Lemon Balm Drizzle Cake

Love an odd herb like lemon balm, me. Yes, the thymes and sages of the world are fine and all, but it's the weird ones that do it for me. The un-buy-ables - chervil, lovage...

Green Bean Carbonara

I will eat green beans with anything. I adore them. But even I get slightly over-whelmed by them come August. It's been a very slow start to the bean harvest thanks to our erratic English...

3 Recipes for Your Courgette Glut

There's really no need to grow courgettes. If you have friends who grow veg then you'll almost certainly be begged to take some off their hands at this time of year. Walk past any allotment...

Lettuce and Broad Bean Tip Soup

I make a promise to myself every year. It is a solemn promise. And always earnest. It is this: that I will not, under any circumstances, no matter how giddy I get, plant all my lettuce seeds at once...

Rhubarb, Marzipan & Orange Blossom Strudel

Rhubarb fever has set in. As has election fever. And I've inadvertently created a political rhubarb pudding. Part Austrian strudel because the filling is rolled in filo. Part Turkish baklava...

Sweet & Savoury Herby Cream Puffs

With such an incredible glut of herbs and my current choux pastry fixation, this week's recipes are very pretty little choux buns - thyme and pear custard cream puffs and herby goats cheese puffs...

The Prettiest Glut of All: Edible Flowers

Nothing says Springtime like a posy of flowers. After the seemingly endless grey of winter, early Spring flowers are a welcome splash of colour and life. Almost good enough to...

A Miraculous Glut of Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Success! It grew! The god damn Purple Sprouting Broccoli has produced a harvest. Better, in fact: a glut! I have, as you can probably tell, struggled with PSB for many years. It's a fickle...

Patch Update – soil, seeds and suspense

Itching doesn't cover it. I am positively desperate to get going in the veg patch this year. This Easter weekend is traditionally the time when I blitz the first round of real seed planting, but in the run up to that heavenly weekend of gorging on seed packets I've been preparing the earth and having a tidy up. Here's what I've been up to...

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...