Tomato and Herb Salad

  There’s no getting around it- most tomatoes from English supermarkets are renowned for being devoid of taste. Packed in plastic, flown for miles, sprayed with all sorts of things, and ripened long after they are picked, does not for a sunshine-filled, mouthwatering, zingy, sweet tomato make. Whilst it can be a mission to track…

August 14th Flowers

The drizzle didn’t lift all day- the quietest sort of rain, a muting, and a softening, and then bit by bit, everything was embroidered with raindrops. Ingredients Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’, ‘Purity’ Scabious ‘Fata Morgana’ Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ Parsley Flowers Apple Mint Honeysuckle Crabapple branches Phlox ‘Cherry Caramel’ Nicotiana Grandiflora Bronze Fennel Sunflowers ‘Italian White’ Zinnia ‘Queen…

Courgette Ribbons

  It’s that time of year again. You turn your back for a second and the courgettes are the size of your arm. When the courgettes start growing thick and fast, and the glut is very much upon us, it’s the season of- Must. Think. Up. More. Ways. To. Eat. Them. All. Up. Here is…

July 31st Flowers

Ingredients Ammi Majus ‘Graceland’. Phlox Cherry Caramel.’ Carnation ‘Chabaud Orange Sorbet’. Nicotiana ‘Tinkerbelle’, ‘Whisper Mixed’, ‘Grandiflora’. Nigella ‘Albion Black Pod’. Dahlias ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Cafe Au Lait’, ‘Mystery Fox’, ‘Henriette’, ‘Penhill Watermelon’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Happy Single Kiss’, ‘Bantling’.

Charleston Farmhouse

Last week I made a visit to Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex, to meander through the gardens in the rain, and we’ll get to that- but first earlier that morning I had been meandering around my own garden, cup of coffee in hand pondering the darkening rainclouds overhead wondering if they would finally break to end…

Botanical Pancakes

Our devotion to the snowdrop, as it stoically sees us through the winter, then there’s the daffodils that steal our hearts in March, crescendoing with the mania that happens when the tulips arrive- it’s all a delicious build-up of the spring that we love, and adore. And yet, none of these loves of ours is…

Carrot and Saffron Soup

For many of us, spring has sprung early in a hazy, temperate, slightly concerning February. But now it’s March, and the saturation dial is eking up the chart from pale primroses to sunshine yellow daffs. The winter stores beginning to dwindle, but the yellow carrots, dug in November, are still crunchy. This is the second…

Honey, Pear, Almond Cake

Honey was harvested from our strongest hive last August, it was the first honey we had taken from our bees, and opening a jar now is like delving straight back into Summer. With Christmas indulgence still a recent memory, albeit a haze of clinking glasses, mince pies, and roast potatoes, it’s hard to fathom more…