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Nasturtium Scones

Nasturtium Scones

Whenever I see a bed of tumbling nasturtiums it always makes me think of the beautiful hobbit gardens in the Lord of the Rings films - is that just me? There are countless varieties of nasturtium from deep reds, through tangerine oranges, to soft yellows. At some point I want to grow all of them! [...]

Blackberry & Lavender Madeleines

Blackberry & Lavender Madeleines

Today is the last day of my Instagram virtual holiday with a French theme, and is there anything more quintessentially French than the madeleine? These tiny, shell-shaped cakes with their plump little bellies are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea. The inspiration for this recipe was the combination of blackberry and [...]

Courgette & Ginger Cake

Courgette & Ginger Cake

The courgette glut has been coming thick and fast for the past few weeks and we've been harvesting more than we really know what to do with from our four courgette plants. They've been huge too - more like marrows. Courgettes are one of our allotment staples as they don't require too much intervention to [...]

Rosebay Willowherb (Fireweed) Tea

Rosebay Willowherb (Fireweed) Tea

Rosebay willowherb is a perennial native to the UK that flourishes in disturbed soils. It has become widespread perhaps owing to the two World Wars as large areas of land were damaged or burned (which explains one of it's common names "Bombweed"), allowing it to colonise much larger areas than it had previously. Its grand [...]