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Red cabbage, cider and other glorious things

Red cabbage, cider and other glorious things

Red Cabbage comes into its own in winter. The outer leaves look sculptural in the garden – they have a silver sheen that makes the plant look as if it’s been cast in a precious metal. They can be left standing in winter as I have done so far but ...
Leek, Chestnut and Apple pie

Leek, Chestnut and Apple pie

My friend, Rachel, who’s a fellow master composter, came for lunch last weekend bearing a gift of some shelled, peeled chestnuts. I decided to make a pie. The usual combination is chestnut and mushroom – which, quite frankly, I’m sick of and anyway I didn’t have any mushrooms. So I ...
Chrysanthemum Greens with Sesame Dressing

Chrysanthemum Greens with Sesame Dressing

One of the wonderful things about having your own garden, plot or allotment is that you can grow vegetables you love but which otherwise are hard to obtain. One of my favourites is chrysanthemum greens or shungiku, as they’re called in Japanese. Not only are they really pretty – they ...
Leek, Lemon and Walnut Pilaf

Leek, Lemon and Walnut Pilaf

I have lots of leeks in the garden that need eating – as some of them are running to seed. I’ve also been fighting a virus so I came up with a dish that contains lots of vitamin C (parsley and lemon) and alliums (shallot, fennel and leek) – perfect ...
Apple Pressing and Cider Making

Apple Pressing and Cider Making

Beginner’s Luck The cider I made two years ago was brilliant. I’m not being arrogant – that’s just what others told me. It must have been beginner’s luck as I really didn’t know what I was doing. I used natural yeasts which are on the apple skin – apparently they’re ...
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