RHS London Harvest Festival 2016

  Autumn has truly arrived when it’s time for the RHS London Harvest Festival show. This annual event comes at a busy time for me, falling just before I embark on my annual buying trip to India and China. But it’s a good opportunity to reconnect with my inner kitchen gardener and stock up on apples, garlic […]

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Trading Apple for Apples

I never think of myself as especially tech savvy.  However, as I embark on my 40’s I find myself more anxious than ever to keep up with advances in technology.  I have no time for endless research, so have happily sold my soul to Apple – the iPad, the iPhone and now a gorgeous, sleek, […]

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Bumthang in Bloom

You’d be forgiven for thinking we’d transported ourselves to Switzerland but, no, this is Bhutan’s cultural heartland, Bumthang. Four bucolic pine-clad valleys make up this area of the country where the main activity is farming. Every lane is filled with placid grazing cattle of the doe-eyed Jersey kind, so calm they pay no heed to […]

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Fried Fiddleheads and Asparagus

Yes, you’ve got it, these are young fern fronds, otherwise known as fiddleheads or, here in Bhutan, as ‘Nakey‘. They are either fried as a side dish or cooked and eaten with meat and chillies, the ubiquitous ingredient in Bhutanese cooking. Sold alongside long spears of asparagus, they are said to have a similar texture. […]

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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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