Cherry Blossom Scones

Cherry Blossom Scones

Cherry blossoms might be long gone by now this year, but if you joined me in preserving some of the young buds with the recipe in this Japanese Salt-Pickled Cherry Blossoms post then this recipe is for you! If you didn't preserve any blossom buds this year, don't worry you can actually buy them online if [...]

Wild Mushroom Soba

Wild Mushroom Soba

Slurping delicious buckwheat soba noodles is a New Year's tradition in Japan. I know New Year's celebrations might feel like a while ago at this point, but we're still in January, and I'm certainly still in transition mode from one year to the next. I think we too often forget that this transition is something [...]

Seven Wild Spices

Seven Wild Spices

Things have been slowing down for winter, the trees are once again bare and the ground is again familiar with frost and ice. Now is the time to make use of the stores collected and preserved over the year of berries, mushrooms, but especially spices. The word spices almost feels synonymous with far-off lands, yet [...]

Grilled Cabbage with Smoky Chilli Chestnuts and Pickled Apple

Grilled Cabbage with Smoky Chilli Chestnuts and Pickled Apple

The cabbage. An unloved, perhaps uninspiring vegetable to some, a saviour in winter for the allotment keeper! Cabbages are generally cool-weather veg with winter varieties that can grow slowly but surely through the frosts. There are the deep green crinkly varieties that fill you with the sense that you’re being good to yourself by eating [...]