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Cow-free cream tea

Cow-free cream tea

When I was younger, I used to be a fan of cream cakes – especially chocolate eclairs and those cream-filled meringues. As I got older I moved onto cream teas, preferably with clotted cream. When my body decided it no longer wanted to digest cow’s milk, I kissed all of those things goodbye. In recent […]

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  12th January 2017   2 comments
Eating from the garden

Eating from the garden

I’m not the kind of person who creates a meal plan and shopping list every week, and then sticks to it religiously. I do like to have some idea of what we’re going to eat, however, as this cuts down on the number of nights when there’s nothing for dinner. Our current methodology is to […]

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  6th December 2016   No comments
Curried oca parcels

Curried oca parcels

On the weekend that we had Jus-Rol Cinnamon Swirls as our mid-gardening snack, I also hatched a plan to use up the last of the oca harvest. Oca is Oxalis tuberosa, mainly grown for its edible tubers, which were (are?) a staple crop in its homeland of the Andes. There they have a large number […]

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  28th April 2016   No comments
Lemony sun tea

Lemony sun tea

Last week’s outdoor ‘cooking’ experiment didn’t involve lighting a fire – I relied on solar power! Now it’s true that summer is officially over here in the UK, but we’re still running on British Summer Time for a couple more weeks, and last week was resolutely sunny, so I thought I would try making sun […]

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  11th October 2015   No comments
A new frontier in outdoor cooking

A new frontier in outdoor cooking

Things have been a bit quiet here of late, as we have been working on the garden rather than enjoying it – it was time for the new sheds (yes, there’s more than one!) to arrive, and they had to be painted and assembled. Now that they’re here, we have more storage space, which meant […]

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  28th September 2015   No comments
Ancient Cooking at Butser Farm

Ancient Cooking at Butser Farm

Ryan and I first visited Butser Ancient Farm on a blustery, cold day in February 2014. We loved it so much we decided to take some workshops there this year. Ryan is booked on a sword-making workshop next month, and we both recently spent a morning there learning about ancient cooking. Whilst cooking inside a […]

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  10th July 2015   No comments
Tea in the rubble

Tea in the rubble

Work has started on the hard landscaping for the garden – a large patio, paths and hard standing for two sheds (or a shed and a greenhouse) will appear soon. We’ve had to move everything out of the way for the work to be done, and the garden is more or less unuseable. It won’t […]

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  23rd June 2015   No comments
An over-ambitious BBQ feast

An over-ambitious BBQ feast

As previously mentioned, over the last Bank Holiday weekend I got a little over-ambitious with the outdoor cooking, given that we still only have the small bucket bbq to cook on. For some reason I decided it was time to try a three-course lunch. For the starter I recreated the mess tin asparagus that worked […]

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  6th June 2015   No comments
Toasting marshmallows

Toasting marshmallows

Ryan and I celebrated the start of National BBQ week (running from 25th – 31st May this year) with a slightly over-ambitious outdoor cooking session. More about that later, but for now I’m going to skip ahead to the end, because dessert was the best bit. I have started reading Cooking with Fire by Paula […]

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  27th May 2015   No comments
Food fight: Two ways with asparagus

Food fight: Two ways with asparagus

Our veg box delivery last week brought us a bunch of asparagus, so we put it to one side to see how well we could cook it on the bbq. My initial thought was that we could simply grill it over the hot coals, and a little research suggested this would be fine, if we […]

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  7th May 2015   2 comments

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