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Culinary experiments with my produce… and much else besides.

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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Scones

Forget scones for tea with jam and clotted cream (or don’t – that’s pretty good too). Something that’s so simple to make, and takes just 15 minutes between realising there’s nothing to eat and ladling the jam on, is a fantastic … Continue reading

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Cleaning & storing walnuts

We have five old English walnut (Juglans regia) trees down in our fields, all of them producing such excellent fruit that locals would gaily offer to help harvest in the hope of being allowed to take some home, according to … Continue reading

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Cucumber sorbet

At lunch last August at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, we were served cucumber sorbet as a palate-refresher between courses. A lightbulb flashed on in my head: finally! A great way to use up the end of my summer cucumber … Continue reading

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Bay ice cream

I first experienced bay ice cream many years ago on the only occasion I was ever invited to the British embassy in Rome for lunch. I can’t for the life of me remember why I was invited to the embassy … Continue reading

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