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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

A Kitchen Garden Herball: Thyme

This is my year for growing herbs. Great mounds of billowing rosemary, stately lovage marching through vivid green parsley, hummocks of purple and green and multicoloured sage pierced here and there with drumsticks of puffball-topped chives or soaring firework-bursts of angelica. I shall grow herbs for making tea; herbs for sprinkling in your cooking or mashing [...]

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A few weeks ago I lovingly sowed three double rows of broad beans (‘Aquadulce Claudia’, of course: what else?) to overwinter. You may think this was quite a lot: but I had decided to only do one sowing, saving myself time in spring, and besides last year my overwintered broad beans were the best I’d [...]

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Squash and lentil curry Although it’s vegetarian this is a really meaty winter stew – the kind that warms your stomach all day long, a bit like an internal electric blanket. I used my wonderful potimarron squash, which makes for a subtly unusual flavour and even more weighty texture. but you can make it with any type of winter squash. [...]

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Squash ‘Potimarron’ I brought my glowing orange squashes in from the cold the other day and the girls got all excited. We were away for Hallowe’en this year and they thought I’d grown them a shedload of pumpkins so we could have our own private lantern display. Aw… bless. But sorry, kids, they may look [...]

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So… what do you think these are? A clue: I tried them during my holiday in Sicily last week (yes, had a great time, thanks for asking). I don’t know about you but I come over all experimental whenever I go abroad. You’re surrounded by foods you never realised were foods before and you just can’t [...]

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