The scent of summer

It’s a wet and windy night – big fat raindrops are lashing the steamy kitchen windows as the last of May’s delicate flowers are swung wildly to and fro in the looming dusk. No idyllic sunlit shots of the allotment for Instagram tonight.
It’s the kind of weather that makes me want comfort food. For me, when I need to make something from the cupboard and not set a foot outside, …Read More

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Haircuts for herbs

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

Basil

Herbtastic!

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

Herbs

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

Cooking with fresh basil

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