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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

A Kitchen Herball: Stevia

Now, let’s get the legal stuff out of the way first. Because make no mistake: stevia, aka sweet leaf or sugarleaf, is, or rather was until recently, an illegal substance. You couldn’t buy it for the garden as it was somewhere on the same tray as cannabis and opium poppies as Plants You Could Be [...]

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Recipe of the month: June

French Onion Soup There comes a time in every cook’s life when she graduates from everyday cobbling together of something vaguely edible to fill up the kids, and gets her head around creating food which is altogether more ambitious. Part of that rite of passage is the creation of the perfect, unctuous, rich and fragrant French onion [...]

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Onion ‘Troy’ I love the smell of newly-harvested onions. I love that creak from the stiff green foliage as I grasp it to ease the root from the ground. I love the rich, fragrant, oniony breath from the earth as the bulb parts company and emerges into the sunlight. And this year I’ve been enjoying it far [...]

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When veggies need corsets

There’s a certain time of the year – about now, in fact – when all my lovely pert little seedlings turn into gangly, awkward things which sort of sag around the middle. The height-to-gravity ratio reaches critical mass and they droop in a louche sort of way and let themselves go, like portly ladies of [...]

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Weird tastes

I’m a terrible sucker for something different. Wave a Peruvian root vegetable at me enticingly, and I’m yours. Tuberous nasturtium? Got the perfect spot for it, bring it on. In my garden alongside the squash and the courgettes grow taro root, achocha cucumbers (not, I hope, the exploding kind) and yacon. This year’s new arrival [...]

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