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Garden produce ends as it had begun

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The end of summer produce in the veg patch is quite like the beginning. I remember being very excited to pick the first tiny courgettes and their flowers in June.. Read More

London Railway Arches are harbouring many a good food producer

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A few years ago I had the priveledge of visiting Neal’s Yard Dairy, cheese headquarters under some railway arches near Bermondsey. Two large airconditioned arches  store the cheeses they wholesale.. Read More

Swedish Bakeries in London

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The best Swedish bakeries in London seem to be tucked away, under railway arches or hiding down Georgian laneways. You have to know they are there. They are also in.. Read More

Cime di rapa

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Turnip tops are something Italians cook with. We hardly ever see them  in the shops but if  you grow turnips yourself  you could try the recipe below. They don’t look.. Read More

Strawberry Season

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June is a time when strawberries are filling the shops, overflowing punnets and in my case ripening almost too quickly in the garden. My little friends ( the under 10.. Read More

Elderflowers are early I think.

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In culinary terms it strikes me that white is the colour of Spring. White strawberry flowers promising fruit, fragrant elderflowers already in bloom early this May and rocket flowering madly.. Read More

Chinese pancake- Jianbing

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Around Pancake Day it was suggested to me that I make Jainbing, a pancake made and served on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. A large galette style pancake it.. Read More

Pressure cooking in minutes

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Cooking under pressure,  nothing could be further from the truth when you use a modern pressure cooker. It is a quick means of producing a delicious meal which could help.. Read More

Dark Afternoons

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When  I am confronted with dark afternoons and evenings coming earlier than I want them to, I get strong feelings of ennui. I can think back many years and recall.. Read More

Christmas cheer

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The delightful aroma of spices filling the kitchen, be it a Christmas cake cooking or spicy biscuits  tells us all that Christmas is on its way. The smell of chocolate.. Read More

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