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Broad Beans

I’m growing two varieties of broad beans this year; ‘Aquadulce Claudia’, which I sowed under cover in the early spring and are now ready to pick, and the smaller, sweeter ‘Stereo’ which were planted direct and can be eaten whole like mange tout. … Continue reading

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Sticky Gingerbread

I’m just back from the Post Office where I was sending off the last of our Christmas cards and presents. The poor man behind the counter looks as though he’s stuck there until the next collection as the door to … Continue reading

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My Cook Book Collection

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a photograph of bookshelves in an interiors magazine, I can’t help but scrutinise the picture to see what they have. I’ve even been known to go out and buy books after … Continue reading

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Book Review: Salt Sugar Smoke

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to receive a copy of Diana Henry’s new book Salt Sugar Smoke from her publisher. This comprehensive guide to preserving fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, combines Diana’s charming narrative style with an exciting range of … Continue reading

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Crumble Weather

It’s feeling properly autumnal today; there’s a slight nip in the air, the leaves are whirling around in the wind and the trees are beginning to bare their branches again. In pudding terms, that means one thing: Crumble. I usually … Continue reading

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Stuffed Marrows

Strictly speaking, I’m not sure that these are actually marrows. They’ve left their youthful courgette days behind them, but are not yet as unwieldy as the beasts that are still growing outside. Whatever they are (answers on a postcard as … Continue reading

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Heart Home Magazine

Be still my beating heart… …the latest edition of Heart Home magazine is now out, which, if you read yesterday’s post, makes two brilliant online magazines in the same week. Joy! Heart Home are also celebrating their first birthday, and … Continue reading

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91 Magazine

I spent all day yesterday looking forward to getting my jobs done so that I could sit down and enjoy the latest edition of 91 magazine, which is celebrating its first birthday with this issue. Full of interiors, vintage and … Continue reading

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A Glut

I should have known better than to disregard advice from Joy Larkcom, the grande dame of vegetable gardening. In her book ‘Grow your own Vegetables’ she writes: “Courgettes are naturally prolific: well-grown plants can produce twenty courgettes, so three or … Continue reading

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Shortlist # 6 – Jam & Chutney Labels

Last year’s foray into the world of jam-making wasn’t entirely a success for me. Giddy with the excitement of moving to the countryside, I felt it was my duty to get preserving. Whilst my strawberry jam tasted nice enough, especially as … Continue reading

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