December 14, 2016

A simple quick recipe for little cream cheese and onion pastries. Great for lunch or canapes and suitable for vegetarians.

October 30, 2016

November is the beginning of the spinach season! Although we are used to getting the pristine baby spinach leaves from the supermarket all year round, it is now that this marvelous vegetable is in it's proper season in the gardens of the UK. 

Spinach is a super food packed with nutrients which are important for skin, hair and bone health. Amazingly, this leafy green superstar also provides protein to our diets, so is valuable to include in vegetarian o...

June 16, 2016

Having your own veggies doesn't get much better than bringing a beautiful fresh bunch of beets up to the kitchen to be transformed into a vibrant healthy and delicious salad. 

Simply take the tops off the beets, leaving about 2cm of stalk to stop them bleeding, just cover with water and a good pinch of sea salt. Bring up to the boil and cook for about 4 minutes if they are nice young ones like these, or a bit longer if they are big and old!

When cooked, drai...

May 12, 2016

I was trimming some of our very overgrown hedges the other afternoon (one of the few recently where it hasn't been pouring with rain!) One of the largeish branches that needed lopping was a piece of elder, with quite a few decent heads of elderflower - so I cut them off and went off into the garden to find a few more. Under our large apple tree I have a black elder 'sambuccus nigra', which has pink flowers - I picked about 6 of the heads - and put them in w...

January 1, 2016

Avocados are amazing things! Full of all sorts of good things, like vital trace minerals (magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc as well as potassium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, B12 and B2.) 

Avocados contain no cholesterol, and lots of healthy 'oleic acid' that is thought to be beneficial against inflamation and may actually help your body to reduce cholesterol.

Basically, as far as I am concerned, avocados are amazing and I absolutely ador...

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