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Kevin & the love of pumpkin

What could be more taste-quenching than a chunk of well-roasted Kent matched to roasted potatoes, onions and boiled mint-flavoured green peas. Roast lamb added if you wish. Mint sauce if you want or maybe gravy. Sounds very traditional, old-fashioned, bygone, I know.  Love it. Then again the pumpkin can be boiled or microwaved or whatever.  [more]

Pumpkin-roulade

Pumpkin and Goat’s Cheese Roulade

6 portions 1 kg butternut pumpkin (any pumpkin will do) olive oil 1 pinch of chilli flakes 2 cloves of garlic 60 g whole peeled almonds 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 6 large free-range eggs 80 g Parmesan cheese 60 g plain flour 5 pinches of grated nutmeg 300 g silver beet 100 g crumbly goat’s [more]

Lyonnaise-salad

Lyonnaise Salad

For 2 portions 250 g thick cut bacon 2 slices of bread, torn into chunks 1 garlic clove 3 tbs sherry or red vine vinegar 1 tbs Dijon mustard 1 tbs chopped tarragon leaves 1 tbs chopped chives 4 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 4 cups torn curly endive, washed [more]

radicchio-tied

Blanching Endives and Radicchio

Curly endives and radicchio are two crops in the lettuce family with a slightly bitter taste. They are great mixed with other salad leaves or with a sweet honey dressing. Endive leaves get more bitter the longer they are subjected to sunlight, radicchio even changes the colour of it’s leaves from red to green when [more]

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Stephen & the love of cape gooseberries

Why the cape gooseberry and do we really have them in the garden!? Yes! When I discovered that Julia had planted a Cape Goosebery in the garden I suffered an intense bout of nostalgia. As a child, the house we stayed in for summer holidays at the Gold Coast had a Cape Goosebery growing in [more]

SQUASH-WITH-CARDAMON-NIGELLA-SEEDS

Squash with cardamom & nigella seeds

Mary Ann Grant (inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi) Ingredients 20g unsalted butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large red onion, peeled, halved and cut into 1cm-thick slices (170g) Squash or pumpkin (about 1.2kg), peeled and cut into 3cm chunks 30g pumpkin seeds 1¼ tsp nigella seeds 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground [more]