January dreams and the virtuous reality

Rinsing the first pickings of my Petit Posy ‘flower’ sprouts, I was reminded of Monet’s Waterlilies… quite a nice thought on such a cold and windy January day. Back indoors, by the warmth of the fire, I find myself looking through gardening books from warmer places. Nicole de Vesian’s garden in Provence and …

Unparsimonious Parsnip Cake

Gosh, this is really, really, REALLY good! On a lacklustre Sunday afternoon, I can highly recommend this parsnip cake recipe. I’m not …

Spicy Parsnip Soup

As promised, here’s a recipe for my Spicy Parsnip Soup, which was surprisingly sophistica-tasty for something so quick and easy to make. I …

3 gifts for budding kitchen gardeners

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat! (£12.95) If your small child is even vaguely interested in helping you in the garden, or …