Roasted vegetables are a simple, delicious healthy dish. Using a mixture of different vegetables (home grown if you can!) will give a good balance of flavours to be eaten on their own or as a side dish.
Prepare butternut squash by chopping off any tough skin. Scrub or peel root vegetables like parsnips. You can also use other vegetables such as carrots, squash, celeriac and sweet potatoes. The more the merrier!
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I do love cooking with locally (or home) grown vegetables, there is something so wonderfully fulfilling about it. I have adapted a great recipe for you to enjoy making and most importantly eating!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
100g smoked bacon lardons or chopped streaky bacon
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
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Years ago, working on a programme about superfoods for BBC Gardeners’ World, I was shocked to learn just how deeply our notion of which foods are best for us is shaped by the food industry, rather than scientists. Blackberries, for example are hugely good for us, packed full of vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre – yet we routinely overlook them for blueberries, which have been more heavily marketed.
Whatever the rights …Read More
“Can I grow it in a pot?” is possibly the gardening question I get asked most frequently of all. As gardens get ever-smaller and people get ever more keen to do a bit of grow-your-own, patio plots become ever more popular.
There are plenty of reasons why growing vegetables and fruit in pots makes sense. Not only can you fit more in to a tiny space, but growing in pots …Read More
Spring is now well in its stride and the fun kids have started to arrive at the garden party. Not the early, hardy stalwarts like cabbages and swedes; this exotic, heat-loving bunch (sweetcorn, French and runner beans, courgettes and pumpkins) live fast and die young. They’re quick-growing, subtropical veg that go bananas in the extra daylength of a northern summer. Remember, just like the cool kids, don’t ever make them …Read More
I have a confession to make. As a ‘professional gardener’ I haven’t used good old-fashioned farmyard manure in years. No trailers of stinky muck have been deposited on the driveway, there have been no sorties to stables with a shovel.
Now, if you read old gardening books this would be something of a heresy. After all, I love growing vegetables and roses. Victorian gardeners used to order manure not by the …Read More
There’s something almost biblical about sowing seeds into bare earth. It’s a gentle, yet powerful act, silent yet significant. I feel as though it’s the moment in the gardening calendar when I connect with the earth the most. After a whole year of weeding, digging, raking, hoeing and pruning it’s one instance I give something back, and relinquish control for a bit.
It involves trust – that these little brown specks …Read More
I’m excited. A big box has appeared from Spalding Plant & Bulb Company containing all manner of interesting and exciting things, not least of which are some packets of tomato seed. The gardening season is under way and I’m itching to get going.
First, a confession. Cabbages, onions, swedes… there’s a lot of traditional veg I really can’t be bothered to grow. They’re cheap to buy and to my mind taste …Read More
February is a cruel month. More often than not (and I have a feeling that this year will be no exception) it taunts us with promise – buds bursting, early bulbs poking through the soil, a few sunny Sundays. We think that spring is finally underway – only to have a week of snow flung in our hopeful faces.
Time then to banish winter blues, retreat to the fireside with a …Read More
I’d more or less made up my mind I would stop growing my own vegetables at the end of this year. Our vegetable garden is getting increasingly overhung by the trees we planted twenty-odd years ago as a shelter from the arctic winds that seem to come from all directions, regardless of the time of year, and although this shelterbelt has been successful and we now have a suntrap at …Read More