How to make kale crisps (without being a pretentious twat.)

I've never been a massive fan of kale - and particularly the clean-eating wank that surrounds it.  Honestly, I've never been tempted to make a smoothie out of a brassica (although I did once make one out of a placenta, but that's another story and I wouldn't really recommend that either.) Anyway, this I year I decided to grow … [Read more...]

Five cracking egg recipes

Our move to Devon last year was followed by the addition of four hens to the family. They were swiftly joined by another three. This means we now have more chickens than people, and rather a lot of eggs to get through. It also means I'm on a permanent mission to find inventive things to do with them.  (The eggs, not the … [Read more...]

Essential elderflower cordial

Unhusband: ''Did you piss in a bottle?'' Me: ''Err, no. It's elderflower coridal.'' It started off as a regrettable bank holiday morning.  Baby A woke up at 6am. By 6.05 we were downstairs. By 6.10 she'd had enough of the European Parliamentary Election results. By 6.15 so had I, though probably for different … [Read more...]

The rules of blackberry picking (and a blackberry compote recipe.)

blackberry picking

There's only one thing better than food and that's free food.   (Not shoplifting obviously, that would be wrong and you might get arrested.) But food that's just hanging around in hedgerows waiting to be picked. Like blackberries. Blackberry picking is one of those idyllic Autumn pursuits that can actually be quite unpleasant … [Read more...]

Best rhubarb recipes ever

 Rhubarb. It’s the marmite among vegetables (and yes, it’s a vegetable, not a fruit.) You either love it or hate it. Well, don’t dis it until you’ve tried these recipes – designed to turn even the most committed rhubarb avoider. I too was once averse to rhubarb – or at least the acrid stewed variety served with globular … [Read more...]