wild-garlic-News-story
wild-garlic-News-story

What a difference a week makes. Spring is finally here. Yesterday afternoon the wind swung round to the southwest, for what I think, incredibly, is the first time in three months, bringing much warmer air with it and the rain that’s also been lacking. This will get yesterday’s sowings – broad beans, carrots, parsnips and Read the full article…

quinoa-News-story
quinoa-News-story

Quinoa is mostly found clinging to the mountain fields of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador and incredibly has been growing for domestic purposes since 3000BC. It forms a very important part of the natives’ staple diet, being nutritious, easily attainable and also extremely cheap – at least it used to be. Pronounced keen-wa (not qui-no-a), the Read the full article…

meat-free-News-story
meat-free-News-story

By Laura Parr The idea of having less meat in our diet is fast becoming popular around the world because of the constant media stories on the health implications of eating too much red meat. In fact, in the UK we’re slightly behind the times. Australia held a meat-free week from 18-24 March, and in the Read the full article…

bittercress-News-story
bittercress-News-story

The leanest time of year in the vegetable garden is not the depths of winter but now, in early spring. Stored produce is dwindling, past its best or has run out altogether. The same is true for crops that overwinter such as parsnips, leeks and kale. Thank goodness for sprouting broccoli, which is just starting Read the full article…

sardines-News-story
sardines-News-story

By Georgie Socratous Many of us know that the essential fatty acids and omega 3 found in oily fish are a key part of a well-balanced diet. It’s just really convenient that they are also absolutely delicious! Tuna and mackerel are popular and versatile cupboard mates, but what about the humble sardine? And I’m thinking Read the full article…

bean-gardening-News-story
bean-gardening-News-story

Famously, the default conversational setting of the British is discussion of the weather. Personally, I think the topic’s fascinating – our weather is endlessly changeable and surprising – but I suspect the national obsession may have more to do with inherent social awkwardness. In our defence, however, it must be said that we are also Read the full article…

lasagne-News-story
lasagne-News-story

By Ren Behan The best lasagne I ever ate was in the foothills of the northern Italian mountains of Emilia-Romagna in Italy. My sister’s mother-in-law, Carmela, had made it. I remember the paper-thin handmade pasta, layered up with a flavourful slow-cooked ragù of pork and beef, a light, white sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated over Read the full article…