When we moved into this house, one of the delights was discovering the garden as the seasons unfolded. We were puzzled, that first summer, by tall leafy plants that L thought were sunflowers & I thought were possibly a type of salvia. Turns out we were both wrong. They're Jerusalem artichokes. And they're edible. But … Continue reading Never again
Tag: Seasonal eating
Dashed into the Sunday market on the weekend (on our way to see the fantastic film version of The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino as a captivating Shylock) to grab, among other things, a few leeks. For I had in mind a particular dish … leek stew with a nackerjack. I love that word, … Continue reading Anyone for a nackerjack?
Wasn’t this blog supposed to have been about eating seasonally, eating from the garden, at least in part? That seems to have slipped off the radar a little of late, as we slide towards winter & the garden becomes less & less productive. Pulled out the tomatoes and last two courgette plants on the weekend, … Continue reading Autumn tidy-up
The sight of glossy, dark-green, leafy silver beet in the garden always reminds me of that old war-time slogan: Dig for Victory! Is it the defiant uprightness of the leaves, or the sneaking suspicion that Nanny would say, “Eat up, it’s good for you”? With the unspoken “even if you don’t like it” hanging in … Continue reading Pasta with spinach & feta
Good-looking leeks at the Sunday market … not like those in the garden … my father said I should have trimmed their roots at planting, but HOW is one supposed to know things like that?? I ask you!!! Anyway, the leeks (and pork on special at the supermarket) had me digging out another old favourite … Continue reading Pork with leeks & cider
Well, no-one noticed the re-moulding of the pear & ginger cake at dinner the other night … candlelight disguises many failings! So that was a success, and so, I think, was the entrée. We began the meal with yet another seasonal favourite, roasted basil peppers. Great vibrant colour, great summer flavours (even in autumn). Take … Continue reading Roasted basil peppers
A friend’s birthday, have to have a cake. So, home from an evening meeting and into the kitchen. My favourite autumn cake, and with pears from last Sunday’s market now nicely ripened a good time to make it. (But let me have a little parenthetical moan about another of life’s little annoyances … the bullet-hard … Continue reading Pear and ginger cake