Category Archives: In the kitchen

Boxes full

Yesterday evening, I picked up three boxes of glass jars from a grateful lady in North Leeds. Since her husband had stopped driving, she had built up quite a collection in the garage and would undoubtedly have loved me to … Continue reading

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Demise of the worm

This post is principally to give you the link to a recent article in the Independent, regarding the effect of microplastics on worms. Basically, it is not good news for worms and in turn it is not good news for … Continue reading

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Community garden to the rescue

In comparison with last year, the strawberry crop of 2019 has been splendid. We now have jam, jam and more jam and lots of happy people have been gifted a punnet or two. Still, we are down to the last … Continue reading

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Beeswax wraps

Yesterday afternoon, I managed to get out of my jam-maker’s kitchen and work in a room with two irons as well as a pan and a slow cooker which were constantly on. The good news is that we’re not having … Continue reading

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Twitter has some uses

Do you use Twitter and if so what’s your opinion of the platform? I set up an account years ago but at the time I couldn’t make head or tail of Twitter. So, I stopped using it. However, my daughter’s … Continue reading

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Red campion – hair conditioner?

Since learning that the roots of red campion can be a substitute for soap, I have been curious to try them out as such. The thing is, though: I have found no source which shows me how to make the … Continue reading

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Red taking over

It’s a few years since I bought my rose and I moved it from its first spot, so it has taken some time to settle in – maybe three years. But this year the blooms are once more beautiful. I’m … Continue reading

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The verdict on the hosta

It must be at least two years since I learned that hosta is an edible plant. And luckily for me, against all the odds, it grows fine in my forest garden. However, I’d not tried to eat it, not knowing … Continue reading

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Fritillaries and foraging

Today was one of unexpected surprises. My parents had promised us a trip to Rutland Water and in the nearby village of Thistleton. By coincidence, I’d seen a blog post about Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace’, a perennial garlic with pale … Continue reading

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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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