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Planning your garden

Planning your garden

Planning a new garden is exciting but can also be daunting! Remembering a few key things will help you create a garden you love: – You may be planning your garden, but the garden will also have plans. So that rosebush that you so want 

Some of my favourite things

Some of my favourite things

I realised early on that if you aren’t careful, you can easily become a ‘gardening product consumer’ and spend a LOT of money on your garden. It is an exciting project, your garden, and shops and the online world are full of enticing offers. From 

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…