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Red and Black Currant Shortbread

We still have great strings of redcurrants hanging from the bush in our garden. I made a couple more bottles of cordial which are now in the fridge (see earlier post for recipe). We’ve frozen some. And so I thought I better come up with another idea to use them. ...
Costates Romanesco Courgettes

Zucchini, courgette? Lets call the whole thing off!

Courgettes are like buses – wait ages and then they all come at once. It seems counter intuitive but it’s best to pick them small and young when they are most tender and tasty. That is unless you really want to grow marrows. Last year I let a couple grow ...

The Humble Broad Bean

I’ve been so busy recently that I haven’t had a chance to write up some recipes from the last six weeks or so. This one’s a bit late as broad beans are finished now – but there’s always next year! Or you can use frozen broad beans. The Broad Bean ...

Long for a cooling stream – redcurrant cordial

“So pilgrims on the scorching sand, Beneath a burning sky,  Long for a cooling stream at hand,  And they must drink or die.” (189 Montgomery, The Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson revision) The heat is stifling. There is some respite – a sea breeze (we’re 10 miles from the coast) from time ...
Salad bowl

Splendid Summer Solstice – red onion and rocket pizza

I have been so lucky with the wide variety of lettuce that have sprung up – most of them from saved or swapped seed. Some overwintered and provided the first greens of the year despite the vicious cold spell we had in early March. The others have thrived once they ...
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