Category Archives: In the kitchen

Grand challenges: Food for Thought

Over the last week, I’ve been beavering away at another online course through FutureLearn. In contrast to the recent ones on growing, this one is about eating. Or rather sustainable food. There are many questions I would like answered regarding … Continue reading

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Looking back, moving forward

I’ve totally up how much produce I got from the garden last year and by my estimations, had I bought this stuff it would have cost me £183. The figure quoted above is down considerably on last year (2017’s was … Continue reading

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The Great British Bean

Ever heard of Hodmedod’s? I discovered this company at the wonderful Hunters of Helmsley, which was selling British-grown fava beans in what appeared to be non-plastic packaging. Moving forward, I eventually got round to looking at the Hodmedod website and … Continue reading

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Self-seeded cherry tomatoes

Last year was awful for blight on my tomatoes and I was lazy about clearing up the fallen fruit. What I hadn’t expected was for these to grow into new plants this summer. They took their time about it, not … Continue reading

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Giving in for five-a-day

Over the holidays, we were talking about making improvements to our diet. One of the areas to work on is by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat. It would be wonderful if the garden could produce enough … Continue reading

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Crab apples: a success

I think my crab apple tree may produce biennially, as last year there were very few fruit and they all appeared to be badly eaten by something or other. On the other hand, this year, my four-year-old John Downie has … Continue reading

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Curd: a tale of many plusses

Very close to us there are blackberries enough to feed both man and beast quite substantially. With the fruit ripening earlier this year (because of the hot weather), I therefore decided to try out a recipe in order to use … Continue reading

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