Rhubarb Compote

I visited Copenhagen in March. One morning I had breakfast at Cafe Granola, Frederiksberg and totally fell for their rhubarb compote. Ever since, i’ve been determined to get my hand on a bunch of rhubarb. Luckily, I was filming for Everyday Growing Cultures at Farida’s allotment who kindly handed over a big bunch.  I chose the simplest recipe I…

Feeding Cities

We are particularly interested in how cities can become more sustainable, especially with this question of how a city might feed itself in the wake of growing fuel costs, rising populations and other climate change related challenges. Starting, quite literally, in our own back yard, this year we wanted to maximise growing in our gardens by…

Veg box 31st May 2012

Broccoli tomatoes butternut squash white cabbage carrots onions cucumber and rhubarb as a gift from allotment owner and urban gardener, Farida Vis The rhubarb attracted a lot of attention and interest on the way home with our new neighbours. Seems to be a good way of meeting people – growing giant vegetables and walking them…

Madhur Jaffrey’s Cauliflower with Ginger and Coriander

Excellent dish from The Essential Madhur Jaffrey. The recipes in this book are foolproof and absolutely tasty, with plenty of veggie options. I served the dish with rice and a simple lettuce salad. Method Peel and coarsely chop the ginger, then put it into a blender with 4tbsp water. Blend until smooth. Cut off the…

Mary Berry’s Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I’m being resourceful again! We had a few apples that were past eating condition and they’ve ended up in this lovely comforting cake from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. The original recipe is below, taking a hint from my larder, I substituted the walnuts for mixed nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil), the sultanas for Waitrose vine fruit…

Home grown: the journey

For all those who are regular visitors to this blog, you’ll have noticed we’ve changed the look of the blog. We felt the blog works better if readers can see a number of recipes and posts on the front page and then can click in to that particular recipe. If anyone has any difficulties with…

The wonder of the simple sunflower

We grew sunflowers as kids in our back garden. The memory of these plants towering over the fence way above our heads is etched into my head. Recently I’ve rediscovered the wonders of the simple Sunflower from researching into a project i am pitching for. I’ve been pretty amazed at what I have learned along…