Daily Vegetable Candy: Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum: bingcai, common ice plant, crystalline iceplant, ice greens. When in China, my general policy is to eat every food I am presented with: after all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I am rarely disappointed and often dazzled by the wonderful flavours, colours and textures that are shared with me. The Chinese […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Allium ursinum

Yesterday I sang the praises of an orchid, today I am waxing lyrical about an onion, or a garlic to be precise. Monday’s Spring Flower Candy is a complete contrast to pretty Pleione formosana, although both plants grow from bulbs and enjoy a moist woodland environment. My subject is Allium ursinum, better known as ramsons, stinking Jenny or […]

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Kinky Leeks and Gracious Grapes – The RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2014

Apart from Cinderella, few people are likely to consider an after-dark encounter with a giant pumpkin an exciting prospect, but the Royal Horticultural Society are out to change all that. In a revision to the normal schedule, the RHS London Harvest Festival Show opened late on Tuesday, treating members and their guests to an evening of […]

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Feeling Fruity

These juicy shots are principally for the delight and delectation of my Aussie friend Helen, who is a great proponent of all sorts of heritage fruit and vegetables. For the first time in many years we have grown tomatoes outside in London, planted in raised beds. They have kept us in petite red and gold fruits since August, with […]

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Salad Days

…My salad days, When I was green in judgment, cold in blood…   William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra It’s going to be one of those weeks when I have no time to do anything other than work, eat and sleep. So thank heavens for the quick, easy crops that are coming thick and fast from […]

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Something for Everyone

It has been an almost perfect Easter weekend. There’s been sunshine for outdoor DIY, rain for the plants (they needed it) and sufficient time to actually get things done. We’ve seen friends, taken our new car for a spin in the countryside, been to the beach, played hide-and-seek and supped a fair few pints of ale. Our little […]

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Bountiful Broadstairs

Having started the week on a foodie theme, I thought I’d continue. It is harvest time after all, and rain has stopped play in the garden. Last weekend saw the fourth annual Broadstairs Food Festival, just 2 minutes walk from our seaside home. What started as a small local affair has grown rapidly into an […]

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Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Despite diligently renewing my subscription to the Royal Horticultural Society each year (thanks Mum and Dad!), it’s rare that I get to make proper use of my membership.  Having managed nothing other than Hampton Court Flower Show so far this year, I made a promise to myself that I’d get to the Autumn Harvest Festival […]

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The Goods Shed, Canterbury

Now I appreciate this is something of a diversion from gardening, but the second love of my life (family and friends apart) is food. And if you love great food, you will love The Goods Shed, a daily farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant in Canterbury. This brilliant establishment began ten years ago at a […]

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