I love nothing more on a bank holiday than to get out in my garden! I am really hoping for some good weather ( not too hot, please ) as I have a list as long as my arm and really need to complete it by September.
I still have salad items on the veg plot, this year the tender sweetcorn from plant to plate in minutes, warm sun-ripened tomatoes and …Read More
By last weekend my nice little hummocks of herbs were looking decidedly overgrown and shaggy. The thyme, which flowered beautifully in late spring, suddenly looked splayed and tired like someone who’s had too much to drink at a party. The sage had plans for world domination – in just over two years it had grown from barely six inches across to almost four feet wide!
Sage and thyme, along with other …Read More
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – and the way to his stomach is through his vegetable patch… As I’ve said before, I don’t really bother growing onions or too many spuds: give me heaps of basil instead any day. Homemade pesto – made with great handfuls of basil and sweet, almost buttery young garlic fresh from the plot – is to my mind one of …Read More
Mosquitoes are horrible things! They may be a yummy treat for birds and bats, but personally I don’t want them hanging around my garden. Neither do I want to smell of those stinky spray-on replants!
It turns out that mosquitoes, along with many biting insects, are attracted to certain odors in human skin. There are several plants with strong scents that we find pleasant, which you can use to help mask …Read More
There is something really satisfying about growing your own herbs. A cheeky snip of home grown basil, chives, mint or coriander into a lovingly prepared dish adds a level of completeness you just can’t achieve from a jar of dried stuff you bought a couple of years ago and found at the back of the cupboard.
Growing herbs is so simple, and the results are fantastically effortless. Who can resist a …Read More
Midsummer’s day came and went, much like England’s world cup dreams. For me the sadness of shortening days is tempered by the joy of much less chat about football. Now we’re in high summer; it’s all about the long drowsy days of Wimbledon (much more civilised) and – even better – most of the season’s hard work is done on the allotment. There’s lots to pick – everything’s growing apace …Read More
Herbs are the icing on the gardener’s cake. They’re that ‘little extra something’ that you don’t really need, but yet… they’re one of the types of plant that almost everyone tries to grow. After all, what would roast lamb be without mint sauce made from leaves that were growing in the garden not two hours ago? What would roast pork be without sage and onion lending their subtle depths of …Read More
When we think of giving a gift to a friend our first thoughts are ‘what can I buy’. I am sure many of your friends love natural and unusual gifts. Maybe just a simple gift like a bunch of flowers from your own garden. A cutting garden is always such fun to make up a personal bouquet for a friend.
The following are lovely ideas for friendship gifts and also great …Read More
Basil is the common name for the herb Ocimum basilicum and one of the most widely-used herbs in the world, from pesto to pasta sauces, basil runs the kitchen. It is usually used at the last moment of cooking, as cooking it quickly destroys its flavour. Being a common household herb we thought we would share three delicious recipes with you, a luxurious starter, main course and a dessert using fresh …Read More
Cooking with fresh rosemary? Rosemary is considered one of the main herbs in Mediterranean cuisine. This herb is used in marinades for meat and fish. But did you know that you can also use it in a homemade dessert? Rosemary is very popular for cooking, so we thought we would show two delicious recipes, a luxurious main course and a dessert using fresh rosemary.
Rosemary pork roast
500 gr pork roast
6 …Read More