Category Archives: MY UMBRIAN KITCHEN

Culinary experiments with my produce… and much else besides.

Quince jam

Each year the performance of my one quince tree is somewhere on a scale from ‘too many to know what to do with’ to ‘utterly overwhelming’. This year it’s off the scale. Every breath of wind brings an avalanche of … Continue reading

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Bitter (Seville) orange marmalade

The first time I made bitter orange marmalade I used my lemon marmalade recipe, on the presumption that the two – both being citrus fruits – could be handled in more or less the same way. But my lemon version … Continue reading

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Watermelon ‘gazpacho’

This has turned out to be a watermelon kind of a summer. Daunted by the sheer size, and lacking the determination needed to get through a whole one (which is how they’re sold around here) when there are usually only … Continue reading

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Homemade yoghurt

In my latest battle in the war against single-use plastics, I have banned shop-bought yoghurt. As I rarely eat yoghurt (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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