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How to Preserve Figs

A good year for figs 2013 has turned out to be a good year for figs at the Villas, making up for the fact that our five year old tree tree only offered us a somewhat-less-than-grand total of just three fruit last year! Due to the fact that the fruit all reached ripeness at roughly…

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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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How to Make Lavender Cordial

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…

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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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