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A friend visits

I’ve just had a lovely hour walking round the veg garden with my friend, Sue Roe. She’s a great gardener – in fact quite an illustrious one – with a pedigree as long as your arm. The thing is she’s so enthusiastic and kind –¬† her visit was really motivating ...

A New No Dig Bed

We had a very productive day on Saturday making a new “no dig” bed with old flattened out bike boxes covered with an inch or two (up to 5cm) very rough homemade compost. It’s where the old asparagus bed was and the ground has been “rested” for about 3 years. ...

Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

I hate to whinge but I’ve been suffering from really bad sciatica. The physio thinks it’s referred pain from the lower lumbar spine. The doctor thinks it’s bursitis or inflammation of the hip joint. Then my acupuncturist suggested that I revert to the ‘healing’ diet I followed for a good ...

Spaghetti with chard

Ruby chard yields great harvests throughout most of the year – especially now when it’s still mild and hasn’t been clobbered by frost. It’s nice washed and wilted with either garlic sliced and softly sauteed in olive oil or sultanas or raisins and toasted pine nuts. I’m also picking sprouting ...

Curried Parsnip Soup

I remember my mother making this soup from¬†Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book. The paperback became the family bible for all things culinary along with her Fruit Book – especially when my father grew vegetables, like scorzonera and salsify, that we had no idea how to cook. It’s a book of it’s ...
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