After seeing nuts forming on my own plants I suddenly saw a wild ones growing not far from my home. As soon as the nuts turned a bit yellowy brown I went back to pick a few before the squirrels got them. Honeyed Hazels was the next logical step.
The tradition for Tropical Friday was started two years ago. It was the first Friday of December and it was raining ice water. I was remembering the intense heat which I experienced in India earlier that year and wished I could be back there right at that moment. Unfortunately the transporter has not been invented [...]
Neighbour’s Back Garden My mother’s next door neighbour has a large quince tree in her back garden. In fact I can remember her planting it as a young sapling back in the 1980s. Then, in the 1990s I recall my young son scaling the garden wall and scrumping a big, beautiful quince; taking a bite, [...]
Nasturtium One of the most versatile flowers to grow in your garden is the Nasturtium for a few simple reasons: Everything is edible, pollinators love them and it attracts black fly and aphids keeping them away from your veggies. Tropaeolum, common name Nasturtium, was named so because the plant produces an oil similar to watercress [...]
Overgrown Courgettes After baking 3 chocolate courgette cakes and 2 savoury courgette cakes I am still finding overgrown courgettes through the thick foliage. It was time to do something drastic with these whoppers. I searched the net for a jam recipe that involves courgette. I tried one last year but failed miserably because I was [...]
Glut It is that time again when courgettes grow out of control before your very eyes. The large leaves often conceal even the whoppers and in no time you find you just can’t keep up with harvesting. Hating waste, I have been searching for new and unusual recipes to help deal with the courgette glut [...]
Summer A delicious, scented drink that is perfect on a hot summer’s day, diluted with chilled water and served on ice. Needless to say, avoid flowers that have been treated with insecticides and pesticides or polluted with traffic fumes. What you need; Lavender flowers (as many as you can muster) 1 kilo sugar 1.5 litres [...]
Summer gluts of tomato mean two things around here – cold Andalusian gazpacho and pots full of thick tomato jam. Today I am making the first of these for our supper. This is very much a Iaia version rather than a faithful reproduction of the traditional soup – I would love to hear your own recipes, [...]