A Christmas Picnic

A Christmas Picnic

With most of England, and indeed the UK, under some level of COVID restrictions, Christmas is going to be strange for most of us. Although we're permitted to form a bubble over the festive period, most of us will be having to make sacrifices in terms of who we're able to spend time with and [...]

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

Winter may seem like one long, dark emptiness, especially this year, but there's so much that we can embrace about winter when we look deeper. One thing I love about this season is the earthy, hearty root veg that come into season at this time. Parsnips and sprouts both develop their sweetness after a frost, [...]

Pear and Cardamom Cake

Pear and Cardamom Cake

For me, this winter is going to be a time to cultivate a deeper appreciation of the small things, especially home comforts and the occasional treat. During the recent lockdown, and really since the first lockdown in March, we have made it a tradition to go for a walk on a Saturday to our local [...]

Autumn Apple Salad

Autumn Apple Salad

This Wednesday 21st October was the 30th anniversary of Apple Day! Launched by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day was created to inspire local celebrations of this beloved fruit and to celebrate the diversity of apple varieties we have historically grown in the UK and to encourage the protection of this diversity. I learned about [...]

Green Tomato Salad

Green Tomato Salad

Green tomatoes at this time of year are unlikely to have enough daylight hours to ripen, but that isn't a reason to despair! Green tomatoes are entirely edible and I really enjoy their fresh crunchiness. Every year I make a green tomato chutney using the tomatoes that are left on the plants too late into [...]

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! [...]