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New Secateurs

New Secateurs

I’ve received my new tools and ikebana equipment; a birthday present to myself! They’re all from a Japanese company called Niwaki. My friend Alison, who’s lived in Japan for thirty years, points out that the two Chinese characters that make up the name Niwaki mean garden and tree, so it’s ...
Make Your Own Seed Compost

Make Your Own Seed Compost

I used to laboriously sieve my home made compost to make it really fine for sowing seeds in modules. It took ages and I’ve discovered that it’s a complete waste of time! Seedlings love a bit of rough to get their tiny roots into. So now I use a mushroom ...
Chinese Plum Sauce

Chinese Plum Sauce

What do you do with tens of kilos of damson plums? Share them. Make jam – it’s almost as good as blackcurrant. And make up a new recipe for Chinese plum sauce aka damson ketchup. I must have read twenty recipes to get a feel for what I wanted. I ...
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 ...
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