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The Greens Kale and Potato Soup with Red Chili

The Greens Kale and Potato Soup with Red Chili

This is described in the Greens Cook Book as a “vigorous and deeply satisfying winter soup” but actually all the ingredients are in their prime now, in late summer. But yes, I agree – they will go on to nourish us through the darker, colder months as well. I have ...
My Top Ten Cookery Writers

My Top Ten Cookery Writers

One of my greatest inspirations in the kitchen is the Greens Cook Book. I’ve just made a kale, potato and chilli soup from it for lunch. My sister, Deb, gave it to me many years ago and I think she came across it when she was living in San Francisco ...
Courgette Glut

Courgette Glut

When I was 14 I went to stay with a French family called the Plassards. They had five children aged between 21 and 11. They lived during the summer in a large country house on the edge of Paris with their parents and grandparents. Their mother, Huguette, was a good ...
Mulberry Vodka

Mulberry Vodka

The mulberries have started falling and staining the grass under the tree canopy. It’s hard to harvest them. You don’t pick them but by the time you’ve found the easily bruised fruit many are past their best. I got a sheet and a ladder and shook some of the lower ...
Repair and reuse

Repair and reuse

I hate throwing things away. I was using our old spade to dig out some huge, entrenched clumps of day lilies and the handle snapped off. It was riddled with woodworm! I thought I might be able to repair it but didn’t have a vice to hold it while I ...
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