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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

Psstt…. don’t tell anyone. But I scrumped an apple from the Duke of Devonshire’s orchard. Very nice it was too, and made all the nicer for the illicit pleasure of eating it while sitting on a bench in the rather woolly, endearingly scruffy and sublimely peaceful walled orchard just off the main vegetable garden at Chatsworth House, near [...]

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Kohlrabi Soup At last, here it is: the answer to all those heartfelt cries of kohlrabi growers everywhere: ‘well, now what do I do with it?!’ This is one of my favourite vegetable soups: just the right side of chunky, thick and filling, and you can just pull the ingredients out the veg patch any time [...]

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Pick of the month: August

Kohlrabi ‘Purple Vienna’ In the world of strange-looking vegetables, there are many contenders for the crown of weirdest-looking food on the planet. There’s wizened black scorzonera, for one thing: about as inedible-looking as it gets. Celeriac has an uncanny resemblance to lumps of wood. Sprouts are ungainly and awkward; and as for Florence fennel – well, [...]

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I need a mattock to get through the door of my greenhouse at the moment: triffid-like, my tomato plants have already  reached the roof and are making their way across to shake hands with each other. It’s a jungle in there. So I’m really glad I took the time when I first planted everything out to rig up [...]

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A walk on the mild side

I am decidedly ambivalent about chillies. On the one hand, they’re handsome plants, especially when they’re laden with multicoloured fruits nestling fetchingly amid glossy green leaves. On the other, they’re the devil’s own job to grow well, and all you get in return for your feverish efforts to keep them alive is something which is so deeply unpleasant and [...]

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