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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 

Nettle, Mushroom and Spring Greens Soup

Nettle, Mushroom and Spring Greens Soup

It is early April and I am at home with a cold, some frozen chicken stock and some spelt bread.  So I decided to make myself a nutritious but quick and easy soup. I’ve got loads of nettles coming up and a whole raised bed-ful 

Nettle, herb and weed omelette

Nettle, herb and weed omelette

Continuing with the nettle theme. Today’s lunch was a nettle, herb and weed omelette.

Dandelion vinegar

Dandelion vinegar

So I made some dandelion vinegar back in April by picking half a jar of flowers and covering them with white wine vinegar. I put a ceramic egg cup in there as a weight to keep the flowers under the vinegar. I put it in 

Refreshing sugar free drink

Refreshing sugar free drink

A tip for hot days: put a herbal tea bag or herbs into a jar of cold water and refrigerate. Let it cold brew for a couple of hours for a refreshing, sugar free drink.

From the garden

From the garden

From the garden today. Some edible, some just pretty/fragrant.

Gluten free pumpkin pie (or pacman)

Gluten free pumpkin pie (or pacman)

Super-easy: Thanks to my neighbour for getting me started a couple of years ago with her recipe – this one is pretty similar. I usually don’t use tinned ingredients, but this recipe is an exception.

Most ecological garden in Penge

Most ecological garden in Penge

Picked up my award for most ecological garden in Penge today. Lovely ceremony with tea & cake at Alexandra Nurseries. Thank you to all the organisers of Penge in Bloom and supporting businesses! Photo – with Councillor Kathy Bance MBE @ Alexandra Nurseries, Penge.