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Courgettes

And the harvests begin!

You know you’re in proper harvest season when the first courgettes arrive. But they seem to have arrived particularly early here. This …

More pickling, jamming & dehydrating

In addition to the mock-capers, I’ve been pickling, jamming and  dehydrating other things to store for the months ahead. Pickled cucumbers I’ve …

Eat your greens

Getting children to eat well seems to be a struggle these days. In the vegetable department, at least, I’ve been lucky. Having been …

Two quick Olympic suppers

Some of my favourite meals are the simplest, quickest affairs. Especially when there is all this fantastic Olympic TV to catch up …

Change-over days & room service

As I want to keep the vegetable garden providing for the kitchen through the autumn and winter, there’s not a moment to be …

A tale of two soups

It’s been a few months since the comedian Victoria Wood passed away. Her 1986 “two soups” sketch was so hardwired in my brain that …

Romanesco, tu sei una stella

It is the first year I’ve grown the Romanesco variety of courgette and one of the many things I’m loving about it is the …

There’s always one…

It doesn’t matter how vigilant you are, there is always one clown courgette that is a master of disguise. Being on the case …

Longing for a linger

June has passed, and I don’t feel like I’ve spent any time in the garden. Certainly no pottering, no lingering… Just mad umbrella …

To marrow is another day

It comes as something of a relief that I haven’t had a glut of courgettes. Despite growing two plants – which got …