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What To Do with Overgrown Courgettes? Make a Cake!

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…

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Recipe; Gazpacho Andaluz

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,…

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Recipe: Chickweed Pakoras

City Folk Last Saturday we had friends over for dinner …city folk. I love saying city folk because I once used to be one, but not any longer. We live in the country now, with an abundance of gravel paths, hedgerows and the smell of cow dung in the air. Everywhere around us there is…

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Recipe: Nettle Soup

Nettles There is nothing more rewarding then preparing free food. There is so much food to find in nature and it wont cost you a penny. Some are not so obvious and some, like mushrooms, you must be extremely sure you have the right kind. One plant almost anybody can identify without a doubt is…

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The Best Sauerkraut Recipe …EVER!

Cold Outdoors there’s a snow storm raging. It’s so cold out there that it’s hard to maintain a pleasant temperature indoors. I keep putting logs on the wood burner while the visibility outside gets worse and worse… Sauerkraut At times like this I like to make one of Holland’s famous staples: sauerkraut stew but with…

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