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Suzie
Using photography to capture the beauty of food & gardening ...
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Introducing the Sorbus 'Pink Pagoda' ... An unplanned purchase back in January, thanks to an irresistible offer when I bought the new crab apple tree for the front garden. It has no permanent home as yet. So, for now it is in a large container overlooking the bistro table and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Garden Notebook
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Endless barrow loads of aspen, nettle and ivy roots removed. Eight mature laurels, three elders and one dogwood moved. One eucalyptus root dug out. One fork broken. Numerous mugs of tea and coffee drunk. And finally, last weekend, three new fruit trees planted. A quince (Meech's Prolific), damson (Shropshire Prune)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Sorghum flour is the latest addition to my gluten free flour shelf. It’s a soft textured high protein flour which I’m hoping will be a less distinctive flavoured alternative to quinoa flour. After trying out a few recipes, it’s definitely looking promising. I’ve combined the sorghum flour with rice flour and cornflour in this month’s recipe - chocolate and orange cookies, given an unexpected layer of flavour with the addition of aromatic rosemary. They elicit looks of surprise and delight when you reveal the source of the intriguing but just can’t quite identify it flavour. Oh and did I mention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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When to plant? Between October and April. Soil Preparation The current school of thought is to improve the soil surrounding the tree rather than adding nutrients directly to the planting hole. The idea is to encourage the roots to grow outwards in search of the better soil. The Planting Hole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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After last year's brassica decimation I need to find as way of deterring the cabbage white butterflies from the kitchen garden and I think that I may have found the answer in Sarah Raven's seed catalogue. Nicotiana tabacum. Apparently cabbage white butterflies hate the smell. Of course, why had I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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I haven't grown broad beans for quite a while so I thought I'd just make a note of what I need to do to grow a fantastic crop of beans this year. Sowing ... As broad beans can germinate at low temperatures, they may be sown either in the autumn/early... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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I sowed the first seeds of the year today. Broad beans. The variety I'm trying is Danko which has a RHS award of garden merit and according to the Dobies catalogue is: '... a compact-growing, very early-maturing broad bean, producing good crops of upright little pods that are packed with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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The combination of jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, leeks and hazelnuts works wonderfully well in this creamy winter soup. serves 4 300g Jerusalem Artichokes* 300g Parsnips* 225g Leeks* (white/pale green part only) 1 Tbsp Olive or Rapeseed Oil 15g Butter 1500ml Vegetable Stock Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper 25g Hazelnuts,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
Thank you Afra and I'm so pleased that you liked the colour notes as I'm really enjoying doing them.
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Well, I've just spent all morning trying to resist these squares of sticky deliciousness. Why I thought that scheduling a flapjack post two weeks into a self enforced month-long abstinence from grains and sugar was a good idea, I do not know. Especially when it's flapjack filled with rhubarb and coconut. But resist I did and the flapjack is now safely back in the freezer to be eaten another day. And, I'm drinking a mug of dandelion tea feeling virtuous having just enjoyed a large raw beetroot and red cabbage salad for lunch! If however, you would like to try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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With the exception of Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana, Skimmia plants are either male or female. Skimmia 'Rubella' is a male plant. To produce berries on female plants such 'Nymans' or 'Fructo Albo' it's necessary to locate a male plant nearby to cross pollinate the flowers. I can't resist using the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Plant nomenclature originates from ancient Greece and Rome where scholars devised a system to classify plants. Hence the use of latin which over the centuries was simplified and evolved to become the botanical latin in use today. The current naming system is based on a binomial system developed by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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RHS Botany for Gardeners defines germination as 'the growth of a seed from the moment its embryo is triggered to grow to the formation of the first leaves'. Prerequisites for Germination :: The seed must be be viable, that is physically capable of germination. :: If the seed is protected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Jerusalem artichokes aren't a vegetable that you would normally associate with sweet dishes. And to be honest, up until a few years ago, I'd never even considered baking with them or using them in desserts. Then I came across a recipe for jerusalem artichoke cheesecake in David Everitt-Matthias's brilliant book, Dessert: Recipes from Le Champignon Sauvage . It was delicious and a seed was sown for future jerusalem artichoke experimentation ... See the recipe for Jerusalem Artichoke Pancakes. Colour Notes Throughout 2014 I'm looking at how I use colour in my photography ... Inspiration This month's fresh and bright colour... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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A little reminder of what needs doing in the garden each month ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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No excuses for forgetting what needs doing each month in the kitchen garden this year! Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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hydrangea, bluebells, english mace & honeysuckle All around the garden, plants are waking up from their winter slumber, seemingly unaware that it's still only January ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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I've been looking back at all the photos that I've taken over the last year. Here's a selection of some of my favourite images of 2013 ... Basket of Jerusalem Artichokes in the Snow Claudia Roden's Marinated Fish Glazing Homemade Hot Cross Buns Chive Flowers Gooseberries & Elderflowers in Bowl Just Harvested Red Arrow Onions Borlotti Beans Growing on Hazel Wigwam Chestnut Flour Beurre Hardy Pears in Enamel Bowl Pumpkins on Wooden Bench Pear & Blackberry Muffins Mince Pies in Tray Gluten Free Mince Pies Recipe Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
Thanks Dina
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2013 on Gluten Free Mince Pies at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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A couple of weekends ago I had the idea of using medlar puree instead of dates to make sticky toffee pudding. The result was a resounding success and it looks like I wasn't the only one with medlar sticky toffee pudding inspiration! There's not enough medlars left to try Mark... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at A Garden Notebook
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I can hardly believe that we're mid way through December already, Christmas seems to have arrived so quickly this year. I love the traditions of this time of year, particularly the food related ones. The family favourites that we return to year after year. Recipes that make Christmas, well, christmassy. And there's nothing that says Christmas more than mince pies, especially when they're served with a dollop of brandy butter and a glass of mulled wine! The pastry I've used for these mince pies is sweet and buttery and enriched with ground almonds. I haven't given a recipe for mincemeat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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It turns out that medlars are a perfect alternative to apples in mincemeat - a different consistency as medlar puree is thicker than apple but this does mean that the mincemeat is less prone to bubbling out of the mince pies. makes approx 1.5kg 600g Medlar Puree* 600g Dried Mixed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at A Garden Notebook
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This medlar tart recipe is definitely one to save for next year's medlar crop - a shortcrust pastry case filled with medlar puree, sugar, spices, orange and cream. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at A Garden Notebook
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Before eating or cooking medlars, they need to be bletted* which essentially means leaving the fruit to over ripen. As the medlars blet, the sugars within the fruits increase whilst the acids and tannins are reduced. During this process the, initially hard and pale, flesh becomes darker and is broken... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at A Garden Notebook