What is salad?

What is salad?

The news that Iceberg lettuces are being rationed in the UK, due to supply shortages, has made me ponder the nature of salad. When I was growing up, salad was Iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and cucumber. I didn’t eat salad. Fortunately for me, my definition of salad...
Cow-free cream tea

Cow-free cream tea

When I was younger, I used to be a fan of cream cakes – especially chocolate eclairs and those cream-filled meringues. As I got older I moved onto cream teas, preferably with clotted cream. When my body decided it no longer wanted to digest cow’s milk, I kissed all of...
Munching Madeira vine

Munching Madeira vine

A couple of weeks ago I was talking about my Madeira vine (Anredera cordifolia), which was a gift from a friend and lives on the (north-facing) kitchen windowsill. I’m not quite sure how long I’ve had it, but it’s happy there and sends out quite a volume of climbing,...
Superfruit cinnamon loaf

Superfruit cinnamon loaf

Just over a year ago I took the Tree Aid Tree food challenge, and created a recipe using several ingredients harvested from trees – Superfood, superfruit, supertasty flapjacks. That’s not hyperbole, they really are good! They involve mango, cashew nuts, honey and...
Graze Deconstructed: Baobab & Raspberry Clusters

Graze Deconstructed: Baobab & Raspberry Clusters

Being an ethnobotanist, I was pleased (in a very nerdy way) when Graze brought out their new set of ‘Supersnacks’, with unusual botanical ingredients. One of the ones I was most eager to try was the Baobab & Raspberry Clusters, because I’ve had baobab smoothies at...

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