Green beany babies

Green beany babies

Last year I thought I’d planted climbing French beans in the garden, and was later disappointed to find out that I’d sown a dwarf variety! This year I rectified that issue and sowed two different climbing beans – Blauhilde and Helda at the beginning...
First pick your blueberries

First pick your blueberries

Just about the entire northern hemisphere is in the grip of a prolonged heatwave, with wildfires raging and people dying. There’s disagreement on how much climate change is to blame, but a consensus that damaging heatwaves will become more frequent, and we...
Jack Monroe’s yoghurt bread

Jack Monroe’s yoghurt bread

Just after Christmas, Jack Monroe posted a recipe for some bread she made to use up some just-out-of-date yoghurt that was sitting in the fridge. It reminded me that we had some homemade yoghurt sitting in the fridge, but when I checked it had already gone to Furry...
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...
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...

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