Gluts of the week

/Gluts of the week

Roast Radish, Feta and Spelt Salad

I’m quite an impatient gardener. I like crops that just get on with it. Veg that grows quickly and dishes up a reliable, colourful harvest without a fuss. I like a good bang for my buck. That’s why radishes...

Lemon Balm Marshmallow & Sugared Leaves

You know those days when you’re really up for a faff in the kitchen? When you want to enjoy some time gratuitously wasted in tinkering. To decadently fritter away a couple of hours making something pointless. Well…

Hungry Gap Spelt Salad

The Hungry Gap is that bit of the year when you've eaten the last cabbage but the radishes haven't arrived yet. That sad day when you take the final winter squash from the shelf in the...

Simple Shredded Savoy Supper

Well it seems we all managed to make it through the horrors of the recent courgette crisis. Good work troops. British bulldog resilience at its best. Except not really, eh? Because, lets face [...]

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...