How to Eat: Tomatillos

How to Eat: Tomatillos

I first tried to grow tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica) in 2011. I don’t remember much about it, to be honest, but obviously I got some fruit, because I took some photos of it! Equally obviously, a lot of the fruits were left on the plants and rotted away to almost...
Cheap meat

Cheap meat

The surprising thing about the new chicken industry scandal is that anyone is surprised. In its quest to feed people as cheaply as possible, industrial farming has cut profit margins to the bone, providing plenty of motivation for cost-cutting measures, even those...
How well would we cope with rationing?

How well would we cope with rationing?

I’ve always been fascinated by the Home Front, the enlistment of every man, woman and child in the British Isles in an effort to beat Hitler through food rationing, making do and mending, salvage, growing your own and basically making the most of scarce resources with...
Hemp and Mulberry Tea Loaf

Hemp and Mulberry Tea Loaf

When my box of goodies arrived from Indigo Herbs last week, I knew what I wanted to make with them – a fruity tea loaf for Ryan. Ryan loves dried fruit, me not so much (although I am learning!), and he polished off my last tea loaf really quickly. I wanted to know...
Indigo Herbs Hemp Giveaway

Indigo Herbs Hemp Giveaway

I’ve talked about hemp before on this blog, and about how it’s crazy that its cultivation is basically prohibited (you can grow it commercially, if you have a licence from the Home Office, and a buyer lined up) because some varieties of it are grown for their...
Tendrils: 170721

Tendrils: 170721

Tendrils has once again been reeling in the heat, and is stocking up on cold drinks and ice cream in case it comes back. Ice cream contains (apparently) surprising botany, plants that feature in the ingredients but are never headlined on the label, including carob....

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