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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blood orange and almond chocolate brownies

In Season Recipe: Blood Orange and Almond Chocolate Brownies

Celebrate blood orange season with our zesty blood orange and almond chocolate brownies. From their deep crimson juices to the distinct sweet-tart flavour, what's not to love about this gorgeous fruit? You're only six steps away from treating your...More >
Tags: Blood Oranges, brownies, Recipe, in season recipe, blood orange brownies
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Harleqiun squash

Halloween Festivities

We couldn't help ourselves this week, we had to join in with the Halloween festivities. It started with a visit to our local pumpkin patch, followed by planting, carving and baking! PUMPKIN PATCH Filled with fun for all the family, the pumpkin patch...More >
Tags: Pumpkin Patch, Toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin recipe, pumpkin planters, Halloween
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Figs in Pastry

Roasted Fig and Almond Frangipane Recipe

As we see through the fig season, we can't help but think about ways to incorporate them into dishes and indulgent desserts. Why not try our Fig Frangipane recipe, a treat for the taste buds and it looks delightful too! Ingredients FOR THE PASTRY...More >
Tags: Recipes, In season, Figs, Fig Frangipane, Fig Tart, Fig Recipe
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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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Roasting tomatoes

Summer Pickings

With high summer, comes an abundance of tomatoes. We have been picking bowls by the day in our greenhouses so we thought we would share our favourite recipe for using up the glut. Perfect as an unfussy starter for a summer dinner party or in a...More >
Tags: Roasted Tomatoes, tomato glut, tomato recipe, summer recipe
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