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How to use herbs #1: Grow your own toiletries

Growing fruit and veg is a wonderful way to reduce your food bill, but with a bit of imagination, you can cut your shopping bill even further. At this time of year, you may well only have herbs to play with, particularly if it’s your first year of gardening, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited […]

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Grow your own cocktails #5: Bloom Bellini

The weather may be chilly but you can still evoke a hint of summer with this delucious cocktail. Bloom Gin is a gorgeous gin with chamomile and honeysuckle botanicals. It’s floral, delicious, and a great accompaniment to fizz. Bloom Bellini Ingredients 1 shot BLOOM gin ½ shot pear juice Topped up with chilled prosecco  Shake pear juice […]

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Sweet as Candy

Want a sweet treat and a delicious smelling house? Make candied peel. I’m not really a fan of shop-bought candied peel because it’s too bitter and dry. However, home-made candied peel is the perfect balance of sweet, chewy and crunchy. It’s lovely nibbled on its own, reaches a whole new level dipped into dark chocolate […]

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Grow your own cocktails #9: Golden Adam and Eve

As summer turns into autumn, this makes a delicious seasonal alternative to  G&T that apparently costs a mere £1.30 per glass to make. OK, it’s not quite as cheap as the elderflower champagne we made earlier this year: sugar + lemon + 500 elderflower heads + boiling water = 40 litres of elderflower champagne (enough for a […]

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Making the most of your home grown produce

And so the time of year is upon us where the rewards for all the garden labour start to pay off. Strawberries, tomatoes, baby spring onions, peas, chanterney carrots, nasturtiums and blackcurrants are just  a few of the lovely things that are coming into season, albeit not in abundance quite yet. You may think it’s too early […]

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Grow your own cocktails #6: Cream Tea Martini

A while back, I wrote about The Refinery’s new veg and herb patch cocktail menu. The lovely PR then got in contact with me to offer me the chance to sample their fare, which was too good an offer to turn down (I only opted for one cocktail, despite loving the look of everything on […]

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Smoked trout salad, home made burgers and Fiddlehead ferns

I’ve had an utterly joyful Easter weekend full of foraging, Easter egg hunts, BBQs and enjoying the first few meals from the garden. Along with home made burgers (good mince with a reasonable fat content, finely chopped fried onion and good bacon, tomato puree, Balsalmic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chilli, Maldon salt and pepper, all mixed together, formed […]

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