You can dry all sorts of surplus veg from the garden. In fact I’d go so far as to say almost anything. That’s how they make vegetable crisps, you know. Beetroot are, they say, particularly good, though don’t bother with parsnips – it’s like eating bits of bark mulch. Courgettes are brilliant, too: slice, blanch [...]
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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 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 [...]
For years, I’d thought the reason sage was called sage was something to do with wisdom. You know: sagacity, sagesse to the French, the wise old sage, Sage the Owl in The Herbs(1). As it turns out, mildly disappointingly, wisdom (or rather, the lack of it) is about the only thing it can’t cure. Cuts [...]
What’s for pud at your house tonight? I’m not being nosy (or inviting myself round, though if you’re asking…): I’m just looking for an excuse to brag shamelessly. You see, for pudding tonight chez moi we have… strawberries. That’s freshly-picked strawberries. Just out of the garden. Though I haven’t decided yet between cream or icecream, or maybe just [...]