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Borlotti Bean Soup

Italian Borlotti Bean Soup

I love borlotti beans They’re good in an Italian soup with or without pasta. You can also cook them in stock, garlic and olive oil – reducing the liquid until it becomes an unctuous sauce – then finish it off with loads of chopped fresh parsley. And Marcella Hazan – ...

Make your own compost

Baptised into the Church of Composting! Two weeks ago I became a member of Norfolk Master Composters. Thirty of us spent the weekend learning more about turning much of our kitchen and garden waste into gorgeous, crumbly black compost. A bin to suit everyone The Master Composter course, organised by Garden ...
Seed packets

An act of faith

Sowing seed despite the cold snap It’s an act of faith as it seems like winter will never end – even though it was the spring equinox a few days ago. And weather forecasters are warning us we’re not out of the woods yet – another massive drop in temperatures ...
Takikomi gohan

Takikomi gohan or Mixed rice with chestnuts

New Year potluck At New Year I invited some friends around and hosted a potluck lunch. Three of them were Japanese women. They all brought delicious food including sushi rolls – or norimaki. One of them, Hiroko, was kind enough to bring Takikomi gohan – mixed rice and vegetables. It ...

Three salads

  I used to make a winter salad with millet as a base and red cabbage, apple, celery and toasted caraway added to it. That was when I was in my twenties and living in Bristol and working at a wholefood co-operative in Bath called Harvest Natural Foods. It’s also ...
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