Seasonal recipes for August
July 29, 2014, 3:41 pm
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Sautéed swiss chard with garlic 

1kg/2½lb chard, Swiss, ruby or rainbow are fine
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 red onions, peeled and finely chopped
juice and zest 1 orange
2 tbsp sunflower oil

1. Take the chard leaves off the stalks and shred the leaves and stalks finely. Keep them separate.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the onions and the chard stalks and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic, chard leaves and orange zest and mix together. Season well and stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes until the leaves have wilted.
3. Stir in the orange juice and serve at once.

Apricot and cinnamon fritters

100g/ 3 ½ oz self-raising flour
5 tbsp cold sparkling water
300ml/ ½ pint vegetable oil
2 apricots, halved and stones removed
30g/1oz icing sugar, to dust
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Whisk together the flour and sparkling water to make a thick batter.
2. Place the vegetable oil into a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat until a small cube of bread sizzles and turns golden when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
3. Dip the apricots in the batter and gently lower into the hot oil. Fry until crisp and golden.
4. Carefully remove the battered apricots with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
5. Dust with icing sugar and cinnamon while hot and serve


Winter veg
March 23, 2008, 4:41 pm
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We have been eating kale, cabbage and chard from our garden lately. Here is the crazy yellow chard Mellors grew.


He loves experimenting, growing vegetables with different colours to the ones you usually see in shops (purple and white carrots for instance, yellow tomatoes and there is currently speak of blue potatoes).

Here is a bed of broad beans which are growing nicely.


I must confess by the end of winter / start of spring I am a little bit bored of root vegetables and winter veg! Besides the food we grow in our London garden, we also get a weekly Riverford vegetable box. The vegetable box is excellent but being seasonal it does get repetitive (carrots, kale, pumpkin, repeat) and Mellors has to invent new ways to cook root vegetables to tempt me. He makes a mean parsnip risotto! Last weekend we had 5 people round for a Sunday roast and having made mountains of roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots for our guests, we actually ran out of vegetables for once. So for a change I went to the green grocers by Crouch End’s clocktower and bought a ton of out-of-season produce. I then I cooked Mellors an open ratatouille pie, which was a big hit. It’s just chunks of courgette, aubergine, peppers and onion slow-roasted and then wrapped into pasty with feta and basil but it looked impressive and made a nice change from eating the same veg week in, week out.

Finally despite the recent cold (snow over Easter, anyone?!) I am pleased to see colour returning to our garden. Our Rhododendron is particularly cheering!