Before we start here, let’s get one thing straight: Russian and French are not at all the same. Russian: punchy, rough around the edges, rather coarse and lamentably short on taste. But as tough as a Siberian bear, shouldering its way through snow, ice and hail with a derisive toss of a leaf. French: effortlessly stylish, chic, subtle, with a way of making [...]
Category Archive for 'Herbs'
If there was ever a herb almost pathologically obsessed with pretending not to be even a little bit interesting, it’s sorrel. It’s plug ugly, for one thing, especially the common version (Rumex acetosa). Even the French sorrel (R. scutatus) is a plain thing, the sort of plant you’d mistake for its close relative, dock, and [...]
I came across what must surely be the coolest green roof in the world this week. If you thought creating a green roof on your shed was a bit out there – how about converting the roof of your car? That’s exactly what Lulu’s Local Eatery has done in downtown St Louis, Missouri. Their food [...]
I was once part of a group of very keen and knowledgeable gardeners (so keen and knowledgeable, indeed, that they humbled me for life) and they used to hold a competition every New Year’s Day to see who had the most different types of plant flowering in their garden on New Year’s Day. They could all number [...]
Can you hear it? A kind of tick, tock… tick, tock… The countdown to Christmas catches me out every year, and now here we are and December’s almost a week old already and I haven’t done a thing beyond buy some Christmas cards (still, unfortunately, in their packets: who are these people who write cards while [...]