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Fresh tastes in April’s kitchen

Posted: 11th April 2017

Brassicas - Broccoli - Purple sprouting broccoli cheese on toast

I’ve just picked the first of the purple sprouting broccoli that’s been growing for so long over the winter – but it was certainly worth the wait! Purple sprouting broccoli is best cooked quickly, either steaming or boiling for just a few minutes. If the stems are thick then slice diagonally across the stem – […]

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Enjoy the fresh taste of spring in March’s kitchen

Posted: 12th March 2017

Rhubarb and ginger jam

We’ve been picking the first of our forced rhubarb for a few days now and I love it! It really freshens up our taste buds after all the winter veg we’ve been getting out of the garden. I don’t let any go to waste and later in the month when the stems are coming too […]

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February’s Bake of the Day on Radio York

Posted: 20th February 2017

Julia Lewis samples my pie!

A few weeks ago Martin asked me to take part in February’s Bake of the Day on Radio York. Julia Lewis the presenter wanted to have a ‘pie’ season and said that I could bake anything I fancied. Pies are great at this time of year as they’re filling and warming so it was a […]

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Time to tackle kale in January’s kitchen!

Posted: 21st January 2017

Add the egg and cheese

What a facelift kale has had over the last year or two! It used to be only eaten by homegrowers and traditional allotment growers but now it’s officially a superfood. Widely available in supermarkets and markets there seems to nothing it can’t cure! I’m not medically minded but I’ve always believed that the more colour […]

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Oh no! It’s sprout time in December’s kitchen

Posted: 20th December 2016


Sprouts It had to come! The time to do some sprout recipes! Personally I can’t stand them but every Christmas I grit my teeth and have one on my plate – until I can sneak it onto Martin’s without him seeing! This year I’ve decided to face my demons and try some recipes with them. […]

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