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The 2018 Patch Plan & Space Optimism

How I managed it is a mystery. I was so enthused by the prospect of a new patch that when it came to the planting list, I perhaps very slightly over-estimated the available space. I have space optimism. How ever would I fit it in?

More Borrowed Quince with Marzipan

Last week there was quince with pork, rhubarb and Sichuan pepper. It was scrumptious. This week there is yet more quince in the fridge. And there is very little else to get excited about in fridge or allotment. So I make pudding. A sweet treat...

A Borrowed Quince Harvest with Sichuan Pork & Rhubarb

You know those chainmail gloves you can use when shucking oysters? Well, they would be useful if you plan to grow quince. The growing of the quince itself is relatively easy. It’s in the cooking of them that the effort is spent...

New Beginnings

My New Year’s resolution is to not make any. Horrid things. The only serve to make you feel inadequate. What I do remain a sucker for though is new beginnings. A blank page, a fresh start is something I love. And this year I have the ultimate in new beginnings: a new kitchen garden…

Slack’s Festive Hacks

When you've got a surname like mine there is no pun, rhyme or gag you haven't heard. Until last week this is, when Slack's Hacks was born. I can take absolutely no credit for its invention but I will steal it for my own. Here then, are my Slack's Festive Hack's to make your veg sing this Christmas...

Chard, goats’ cheese and spelt pizza

Chard. Honestly, if you grow nothing else, grow chard. It is bullet proof, prolific, long lasting, beautiful and, most importantly of all, tasty. Sow anytime March-August in shallow drills, thin the seedlings and wait. Just wait...

Pear and cardamom friands

I've pulled off my wellies, hung up my Barbour, scrubbed the soil out of my nails and headed to the big city of London this week where I'm teaching cookery classes for AEG at Taste of London Festive Edition...

A Glut of Courgettes Stuffed with Lamb

Warm and wet. We might not like this so-called English 'Summer', but to the courgette plant, this is heaven. There's a veritable pool party going on down in the patch...

The Restorative Qualities of a Good Bean Salad

Your first proper summer harvest is never just bucket of muddy veg from the patch. It’s nature’s way of fishing you out of the treacle, giving you a good nutritious meal and setting you back on the right path...

Elderflower Fritters & Thyme Yogurt Sorbet

The swallows are back. The dog is covered in stickyweed. And the elderflower is in bloom. It can only be late May in England. It's such a specific time of year and, for me, marked most notably by the heady, blousy aroma of elderflowers...

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...