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Julia Parker and Basil

Splitting Supermarket Basil

I love growing Basil, it is my all time favourite annual herb, I use masses of it through the summer. It grows happily in the greenhouse in pots or in a raised bed but equally it will grow happily outside once the frosts have passed through to...More >
Tags: Parkers Patch, Splitting Basil, Basil Pesto Recipe
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Celebrating Gin

Celebrating Gin

To celebrate this popular and refreshing alcoholic tipple, we’ve chosen our favourite gin infusions and cocktails that you can try making at home. Perhaps you’ll even be able to use a few botanicals from the garden to liven up your glass. Seville...More >
Tags: gin, cocktails, Cocktail Making, Garden Ingredients
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Autumn Squashes - Risotto Recipe

Autumn Recipes from the Garden

It’s that time of year again when the days are drawing in and these cold, dark and often wet evenings call for one thing, a good comforting autumn meal with your family and friends. What’s more, the seasonal produce at this time of year make the...More >
Tags: Autumn Recipes, Roasted squash, risotto
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Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and Nectarines

The first time I lay in the shade of a peach tree I'd planted, a glorious early August day it was too, I was dozing in a cloud of peach perfume - the ripening fruit telling anyone who'd listen that they were on their way. A single fruit left the...More >
Tags: Peaches, Nectarines, Growing Peaches, Growing Nectarines, homegrown, Mark Diacano
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Raspberry and Szechuan Pepper

Mark Diacono: Four Garden Recipes

If, like me, you have a penchant for leather, read on. In those few weeks between summer proper and the woodsmoke of autumn, I like to do a little preserving. A little pickling, freezing and drying of what's coming to an end in September. This year...More >
Tags: Mark Diacono, Guest blog, Otter Farm, garden recipes, fruit leather, pickled chillies, salt and pepper padron peppers, shiso and rose vodka
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Easter Simnel Cake recipe

Easter Recipe: Simnel Cake

This Easter we've decided to share our recipe for a traditional Simnel cake. For a slight twist, we've topped it with crystallised flowers - we'll be sharing a video on 'How to make your own crystallised edible flowers' next week. Simnel Cake Recipe...More >
Tags: Recipe, Easter, simnel cake, baking
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Stir up sunday: Christmas cake

Stir Up Sunday: Christmas Cake Recipe

This weekend we're looking forward to 'Stir Up Sunday'. As the last Sunday before advent, it is traditionally kept free for the family to take part in stirring the Christmas pudding and cake. This tradition is said to have been introduced by Prince...More >
Tags: christmas cake, stir up sunday, weekend, Recipe, christmas pudding
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Flowerpot Muffins

Easter Recipe - Flowerpot Muffins

Easter days are planned for family gatherings, Easter egg hunts and spring walks. The holiday itself is to celebrate the end of Lent, whether you've given up certain luxuries and are looking forward to indulging in them again or maybe you're just...More >
Tags: Easter, Recipe, Flowerpot muffins, Mottisfont, alitex national trust greenhouse collection
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