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Vegetable – LandGirl

Vegetable

Wrap up Warm!

We had our first frost two nights ago and not just a light dusting either:  the chooks' water was frozen solid. L ast year I nearly lost a globe artichoke plant in a very cold snap and I did lose its neighbou...

Pork and Borlotti “Cassoulet”

I had cassoulet in a tiny restaurant in Toulouse called "Le Chat Dingue" (The Crazy Cat). I t was freezing outside and I'm not sure that the restaurant's heating was working but after a steaming bowl of casso...

Hygge!

You can't move these days without bumping into Hygge: the Danish word for "cosy". I t's a lifestyle aspiration we have been slow to adopt but in the wake of scandi dramas and nordic knitwear everyone is light...

Fiddly Fennel

I began my first vegetable garden in 2001.  Everything grew like topsy and I had a bumper harvest.  It was definitely Beginner's Luck - especially when it came to Florence Fennel. T hey were beautiful fleshy ...

Bumper Spuds

Every year I seek the perfect salad potato.  It's my holy grail. I t seems that every variety I grow is inevitably floury rather than retaining that firm, waxy texture that works so much better in a potato sa...

Gruyere Cauliflower

This is a take on humble cauliflower cheese which I think still gets a bad press.  The addition of dijon mustard and the substitution of gruyere elevate it to more than a side dish. I have been delighted with...

Easy Peasy

Time for a quick update on the peas. T hey're certainly cropping well despite the lack of sun and warmth. I haven't had to water them at all and my neighbour's honeybees seem to be doing a good job of pollin...

Lettuce and Pea Soup

This is a lovely light summer soup - a less gutsy version of its winter relative - Pea and Ham Soup. I t's also a great way to use up a glut of lettuce as they start to bolt - or use the outer leaves and keep...

Eat Your Greens

This year I am trying to have a constant supply of brassicas in one form or another.  Just as we finished last year's sprouting broccoli, the spring cabbages were ready to harvest. I t's been a battle with sl...

Asparagus

More than just an aphrodisiac. Asparagus is expensive and unless it’s in season, has probably been flown to the supermarket from Peru. H ow much nicer to skip up the garden to harvest your own spears while yo...