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Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

I hate to whinge but I’ve been suffering from really bad sciatica. The physio thinks it’s referred pain from the lower lumbar spine. The doctor thinks it’s bursitis or inflammation of the hip joint. Then my acupuncturist suggested that I revert to the ‘healing’ diet I followed for a good ...
Spaghetti with chard

Spaghetti with chard

Ruby chard yields great harvests throughout most of the year – especially now when it’s still mild and hasn’t been clobbered by frost. It’s nice washed and wilted with either garlic sliced and softly sauteed in olive oil or sultanas or raisins and toasted pine nuts. I’m also picking sprouting ...
Curried Parsnip Soup

Curried Parsnip Soup

I remember my mother making this soup from Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book. The paperback became the family bible for all things culinary along with her Fruit Book – especially when my father grew vegetables, like scorzonera and salsify, that we had no idea how to cook. It’s a book of it’s ...
Spanish Inspired Pumpkin and Bean Stew

Spanish Inspired Pumpkin and Bean Stew

I have a new cook book called Vegan Recipes from Spain which I actually bought from a wonderful bookshop in Norwich called the Book Hive  and not through Amazon! I bought it because it has a lot of recipes featuring veg I grow in the garden – but surprisingly it didn’t have any ...
Fruit Sorbet

Fruit Sorbet

A couple of weeks ago I looked out onto the garden and saw tiny orange globes hanging from an evergreen shrub in the main border. I knew my father had planted the Japanese bitter orange as an ornamental specimen. It has shiny smooth green leaves and small fragrant white flowers in ...
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