Best Brook for Best Beans

The cold that moved itself into my head two days ago seems to be throwing itself a welcoming party and sublet part of the space for a factory redevelopment. Those jackhammers are deafening. So, I shall keep this brief. I just wanted to send mad-love out to Hamish at Best Brook for the little box […]

uses for lemons 006: preserved lemons

The beautiful mix of flavours, colours, textures; the sumptuous delights of far off places; the hints of allure, history and splendour-I adore Middle Eastern food. And thus, I am enamoured with preserved lemons, which I make every year and use in vegetables, couscous and tagines. The salt softens the acidity of the lemon, it becomes something […]

Pomegranate Sauce Recipe

1/2 cup pomegranate molasses 1/3 cup orange juice 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 shallots 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon orange peel pinch of cayenne a flash of black pepper Bring to the boil and whisk occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. Goes beautifully with a roast leg of lamb. Passed on to me […]

October Planting – What you can plant right now and when you can eat it

Wayback when I created a handy little chart of growing times for common food plants which proved quite popular. So let’s put it in immediate terms- What can you plant this Labour weekend and when will you be able to eat it? ~~A reminder that this is for a guide for temperate New Zealand.~~ Plant now for December harvest Leaf […]