Category Archives: MY UMBRIAN KITCHEN

Culinary experiments with my produce… and much else besides.

Homemade yogurt

In my latest battle in the war against single-use plastics, I have banned shop-bought yogurt. As I rarely eat yogurt (I really only like it with curry or baked potato, ie with savoury foods) this is very unfair on poor … Continue reading

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Pearl barley salad

Pearl barley is a wonderful base for a substantial salad: satisfyingly chewy with a slightly woody taste… in a good sense. This salad takes a little forethought but, in the end, not a lot of time, and it can be … Continue reading

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Quince compote

Once again, I’m overwhelmed by quinces. My one little tree is groaning under the weight. I’ve succeeded in giving a fair amount away, but am loathe to leave those that haven’t already gone into chutney, jelly and cotognata to rot on the … Continue reading

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Damson sorbet

The crop on our little damson tree this year is more than bumper, and I’m very loathe to leave kilos of the fruit on the trees for our hungry birds. This sorbet came about as a miscalculation. I was making … Continue reading

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Elderflower cordial

I’m reposting this recipe because it’s the time of year when the hedgerows are awash with the wonderful sweet-smelling blooms of the elder (Sambucus nigra): time to get out and get picking. There are a few scents/tastes which for me … Continue reading

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