Heirloom Bean Love: Good Mother Stallard’s Pasta e Fagioli

Most of the glorious heritage bean varieties we have been growing have dried on the vines and are now hanging in pillow cases in a cool dark place. All this hot, dry weather has meant the end of the polebeans for the year. I took the last of the Good Mother Stallard’s off the stalks […]

Bessara – A Diamond of a Broad Bean Dip

Yes, it may seem that I am a little broad bean obsessed lately. But I do have a broad bean plantation growing in my backyard. I thought it was high-time I address the question – just what do you do with all those broad beans? Well let me introduce you to my Egyptian friend Bessara. […]

Calming Melissa: How to use lovely lemon balm

It didn’t seem out of the ordinary to be struggling through the last couple of weeks of pregnancy and sometimes feel a little fractitious…ill-tempered…grumpy. Or so I reasoned as I stripped bare the flourishes of spring growth of my lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) 3 days into spring. I’d been hitting the stuff hard those last […]

A Foragers Treasury by Johanna Knox

I have had the great pleasure of reviewing Johanna Knox’s book A Foragers Treasury for the Booksellers NZ blog. I love the book, adore her and am eagerly anticipating un-palak paneer (one of the brilliant recipes) for dinner. The book is gorgeous. Read the review and go into the draw to win a copy.   […]