Category Archives: summer recipes

Favourite summer salad

    The summer holidays are drawing to an end, my daughter went back to school today and my son follows on Wednesday.    In the summer on my days off from work we love eating meze style lunches outside. … Continue reading

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Pickled Cucumber salad

With unlimited appetite but only limited space I’ve been experimenting with growing some crops vertically.   I bought a very cheap arch from B&Q and planted the legs into the soil next to the fence.   The bench is made … Continue reading

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Things to do with a hill of beans

As I sit writing this, the final broad beans of the season are bubbling away in a pan on the hob.    The bed they were in was straggly and messy and I finally bowed to the inevitable and pulled … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

If you plant courgettes (or zucchini for the non-UK gardener) no matter how careful you are, no matter how assiduously you check underneath those large spiky leaves, sooner or later a courgette will, like the Incredible Hulk, change from a … Continue reading

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Gluts and Gluttony

Every vegetable gardener or allotment owner knows about gluts.  In spite of your best attempts to plant successionally and sensibly, sometimes you just can’t avoid having a shed load of the same vegetable ready for eating at the same time. … Continue reading

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Sugar snap, bean and feta salad

When I got home from work I was feeling too bone idle to walk to the supermarket, which is pretty lazy considering that it takes me less than 30 seconds to get from my back gate to the supermarket entrance. … Continue reading

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Broad bean hummous

I’m feeling a bit wistful as the broad beans are nearly over for the year.    They’ve been the roaring success of my nascent potager and they’ve had a good innings.    I planted three batches in succession in one … Continue reading

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Stuffed Courgette flowers

I’ve grown courgettes before but never tried eating the flowers.  I’d always thought it looked like a bit of a faff, but with the children away on holiday with their father, and a a less packed work schedule than usual … Continue reading

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