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Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus is a long term” investment” in the vegetable garden. It’s a good three years before you can begin to harvest the crop. That’s because the advice is to harvest very few spears at first  so as not to over deplete the new plant’s resources. When you first lay the one-year-old ...
Rhubarb stalk, ginger and lemon

Rhubarb and Lemon Chutney

Rhubarb, lemon and ginger are the predominant flavours in this rich chutney which comes from a fantastic book called Rhubarbaria by Mary Prior. ...

Amish Rhubarb Cake

One of my favourite cakes is this Rhubarb Coffee Cake. I found the recipe in a book of Amish recipes that’s in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich. As the name suggests it’s a memorial to the men of the US Airforce who were stationed in Norfolk during ...
Lettuce seeds before pricking out

Hot, hot, cold!

“Heatwave!” “Hottest April Day since 1949!” shriek the headlines! OK – so temperatures did nudge 25 or 26 Celsius this past few days but as we all know things can change very fast – and this coming week – values are predicted to halve to 13C!! It makes it difficult ...
Fresh Tarragon leaves

Tarragon vinegar

A delicate herb Earlier this week they nipped out the tops of  the French Tarragon plants at the Escape project, where I volunteer, to make them less straggly and more bushy. It’s a delicate herb as it can’t be grown from seed and can really only be propagated from softwood ...
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