Its fair to say I am an inveterate hoarder of stuff. All sorts of stuff. Books. Old adminy type things. Christmas and birthday cards. Shoes. Jars. Old kitchen things. Stuff. And more stuff.
This means our house can get quite full and because its an old house there aren’t actually that many places to shove or hide all this stuff. So rooms that are supposed to have other purposes become sort of holding areas for,well,stuff. And then if someone come to visit the stuff gets shuffled about and hidden for a while in a different room only to [...]
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As the sun has been out quite a bit over the last few weeks my mind turned to ice cream making. I don’t make lots of desserts or do lots of baking – I enjoy it but we just don’t eat dessert that often so it kind of gets wasted (this is not some ‘health’ or ‘no sugar’ things its just I prefer munching on savoury stuff these days);but every now and then a sweet dish is just what’s needed.
There are some really good ice creams out there especially at farm shops – enough really to make [...]
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Police and protesters;they’re ranged up against each other outside the Bank of England spoiling for a fight about something,anything,important or otherwise.
Meanwhile over at ‘Word of Mouth’ (The Guardian’s food blog) the real action is already underway with journalists praising Jamie O’s menu for tonight’s exclusive dinner at No.10 and the posting populace getting very het-up about seasonality,authenticity,diversity and why oh why its Saint Jamie in the limelight again.
So lets just try to take a balanced look at things (because I’m sure Gordon and Barack will be aiming for balance today and tomorrow,[...]
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Today we harvested our first stalks of rhubarb this season. Coming in at six stalks it made a nice compact handful. We’ve got 3 rhubarb crowns and one seems to be slightly ahead of the others so all the stalks came off the one plant.
Over the last few seasons we’ve had mixed cropping results –in the first few years after they were properly established we got a pretty good crop and then a couple of years ago they started to bolt very early in the season. We would get curious but quite attractive flowering rhubarb stems but [...]
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