Twinkle, twinkle little star…..Elderflower Cordial to make in May

Right now, at the end of May in South East England, is the time to go and pick a large, double handful of just opened elderflower heads, with which to make the ridiculously easy, but exquisitely delicious Elderflower Cordial. All you need are a few lemons and oranges, around a kilo of granulated sugar, and…

June brings a glut of Strawberries, and what can you do with them?

Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Ice Cream and Strawberry Compote! Just don’t freeze them, as they seriously deteriorate when frozen whole. First, my incredibly simple Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe, this will make 4 litres for all the family to enjoy over the summer, or for one great big party. No Ice Cream Maker required! Simply take 2lbs…

SPAGHETTI WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Never underestimate the deliciousness of this amazingly economical but very nutritious and simple dish. If you have a quantity of cherry tomatoes which need eating, a glut of homegrown, or even some rather sad-looking bought imported tomatoes, then as long as you can find some spaghetti, olive oil, a small onion, two or three garlic…

Giant Beetroot

This is what happens if you leave a non- monogerm variety of beetroot in the ground all winter. This is Beetroot Chioggia. Fit only for animal fodder now, although they are delicious when young. And the potatoes are in! This year I am growing Epicure, Arran Victory, Belle de Fontenay, Charlotte, King Edward and Pink…