Courgette (zucchini)

Courgette (zucchini)

Courgette or zuchinni, is a tender, long and green summer squash which is a member of a cucurbita family. Other well-known cucurbitas are cucumbers, melons, squashes and pumpkins. Courgette originates from Mesoamerica, where its ancestors were cultivated for thousands of years. However, in its present…

Pan-roasted courgette with herby sauce

Pan-roasted courgette with herby sauce

It’s that time of a year, when courgettes are coming to you via different channels at a fast rate and then are quickly forgotten while gathering mould in your fridge drawer or a dark corner of your kitchen counter. I think you’ll agree that we…

Courgette gravadlax style

Courgette gravadlax style

Courgettes, also known as summer squashes, are abundant in the months of July and August in the UK. If you start picking them earlier rather than later, when they haven’t mattured yet and turned into a marrow, you’ll be rewarded with firm little courgettes that…

The forgotten chervil

The forgotten chervil

A somewhat forgotten herb, that is easy to grow and has a subtle aniseed flavour. If the conditions are good, chervil will grow beautiful deep green fern-like leaves, similar to those of parsley but finer. Chervil loves semi-shade conditions during summer and if it gets…

Lemon balm cookies

Lemon balm cookies

Lemon balm has sprung back into a vibrant green growth like no other herb this year. It is full of citrusy flavour and fragrance, and its leaves and stems are smooth and tender. It felt like it’s a good time to do something with it…

Cauli-flower

Cauli-flower

Cauliflower, together with other well-known edible plants of brassica family (kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc.) is a descendant of a wild cabbage or Brassica olaracea. You can find wild cabbage growing in coastal areas on cliffs around Southern and Western Europe. Cauli – flower, is…

Cauliflower soup

Cauliflower soup

Making cauliflower into a soup is, in my opinion, one of the easiest and simplest ways to consume cauliflower. Ingredients 0.5-1 cauliflower head1 litre vegetable stockA pinch of saltA pinch of nutmegCream (dairy or plant based) Method Cut cauliflower into florets. Add it to the…

Cauliflower mash

Cauliflower mash

Cauliflower mash is a wonderful alternative to a potato mash, it is creamy and comforting. Give it a try if you’re looking to make your eating a bit more varied. You can make half cauliflower and half potatoe mash. Or you can add some more…

Peas

Peas

Peas are one of my all time favourite vegetables. Best freshly picked and put straight into one’s mouth. Their sweet flavour is so hard to resist, just thinking about it makes me want to munch on some. Peas are world’s oldest vegetable, it’s been found…

Roasted rhubarb compote with cardamon

Roasted rhubarb compote with cardamon

Rhubarb stalks taste fruity and acidic and need very little added to taste amazing, just a bit of something sweet to balance out the acidity. With sweet and citrusy cardamon sprinkled on top, it tastes like heaven. With this recipe, you don’t need to worry…

Spring greens

Spring greens

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself- what are spring greens? I never have. Until today, when it dawned on me, that I couldn’t explain what they were. They are not kale or chard leaves, they have tougher stems, it seems. So I did a…

A green soup

A green soup

We are approaching the ‘hungry gap’, a time of the year when winter crops are running low and there isn’t much to be harvested. In the UK it usually falls around the months of April and May. This is, however, a good time for the…

Preparing salad leaves

Preparing salad leaves

If you grow you own salad or buy it at a farmer’s market, it will likely be grown organically and it will have some insects, or worse – small slugs, hiding in between the leaves, not to mention the dirt. The best way to prepare…

Jerusalem artichoke mash

Jerusalem artichoke mash

Jerusalem artichokes are quite creamy when cooked, so they lend themselves to a mash or a puree really well. Ingredients (serves 2) 500g Jerusalem artichokes (or 250g Jerusalem artichokes and 250g potatoes) olive oil/butter a pinch of salt cream   Method Peel artichokes and cut…

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke, also called a sunchoke or a sunroot in different parts of the world, is a perennial plant that is related to sunflower. In fact, it produces tall yellow flowers that look a lot like sunflowers. The edible part of a Jerusalem artichoke plant…