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Rose Tea Gin & Tonic

Rose Tea Gin & Tonic

When the weather warms up again here in London, I’m going to make rose tea G&T. It can also be easily made without the gin if you want a virgin version.

Best Banana Cake

Best Banana Cake

I could swear this is my best ever adaptation – and it’s gluten free and as you could easily adapt it to make it full paleo.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

An easy and tasty recipe – With thanks to Nina!

Elephant garlic flowers

Elephant garlic flowers

The elephant garlics are now in flower – I planted them in deep midwinter around Christmas time. Now I leave some of the poodle-tail flowers for the bees, and use the rest as garlicky sprinkles in the kitchen – on salads, soups, anything really! They 

Courgette Chocolate Cake

Courgette Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Courgette Cake! Delicious, gluten free, and (relatively) healthy. I made several of these with home-grown courgettes this summer (original version, with thanks, from Tinsku at http://tinskunkeittiossa.blogspot.co.uk)

Chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles

I hereby share with you the results of today’s experiments with white chocolate truffles: I made the ganache yesterday and was obviously in a wild and experimental mood, so I came up with the following flavour combinations: 1 – strawberries with a pinch of black 

Nettle fertiliser

Nettle fertiliser

Nettle fertiliser is great – easy, quick, free, and the plants love it! Get some gloves and pick your nettles – leaves, stem, everything. Put them into a lidded bucket – push them down. Cover with water and if needed, put a weight on the 

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

My tried and tested Elderflower Cordial recipe. You can use it instead of honey in a recipe, as a mixer with sparkling wine or cocktails, as a grown-up jelly dessert with strawberries… 

Rhubarb & Elderberry Quarantini

Rhubarb & Elderberry Quarantini

Want to make a Hedgerow Quarantini? Elderberry syrup is known for its immune-enhancing properties. All the better as an ingredient for a quarantini! This is an unusual, fragrant and fruity cocktail. It uses gin, but you can also make it with another spirit, or as 

Growing asparagus in the city

Growing asparagus in the city

Growing your own asparagus is so easy and effortless I highly recommend you give it a go. My asparagus plot is small (just under 1sq metre) but it still provides us with a taste of home-grown, utterly delicious, fresh asparagus in spring. There is nothing