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@nigelslater
Homemade cherry pie. Details @obsmagazine this Sunday 25.06.17
Sat 24th June 2017
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Ham, apricots, dill. A quick midweek dinner for a scorching summer's day. Details on the Guardian website. @obsmagazine www.theguardian.com
Tue 20th June 2017
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A frothing sea of hydrangea Annabelle. Early morning light. The fleeting days before her flowers open fully and the heads start to hang downwards with their own weight.
Tue 20th June 2017
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Food for the sunniest of summer days. Grilled chicken, peppers and cool labneh with mint and basil. Details in today's @obsfood in The Observer.
Sun 18th June 2017
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One of the quiet joys of summer is finding lush, green shade. My garden was bare when I moved in, a patch of rough grass, a space devoid of trees, hedges or leaves. It has been hard work and not without its disappointments and frustrations, but now at least I have the quiet green shade I love so much. I write out here too - my little green office.
Sat 17th June 2017
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The summer marches on. Summer squashes and borlotti at the greengrocers. Watermelon for breakfast. The brilliant green fizz of new growth in the garden turns darker day by day. My desk has temporarily moved outdoors, in the deep green shade of the medlar tree.
Fri 16th June 2017
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Writing in the garden is a pleasure on days like this, but I find myself constantly distracted by little jobs that need doing (I've watered the dahlias and swept the steps already this morning) so today with deadlines looming I have no choice but to shut myself indoors, here in the basement till I have finished. The view's not too bad though.
Sun 11th June 2017
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Cool salads for sultry days. Roast chicken, fregola, cherries, crisp young pea shoots and a sweet-sharp dressing to bring them together. Details this Sunday in @obsmagazine
Fri 9th June 2017
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Nigella satvia, @chelsea_physic_garden.
Sat 3rd June 2017
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Crisp, peppery radishes, chilled watermelon. Details @obsmagazine 28.05.17
Sun 28th May 2017
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Through the garden gate. Rosa Mutabilis Crimson Bengal. There are two iron gates here at home, separating the long, thin space into three tightly planted areas and giving the impression of a garden longer than it really is.
Thu 25th May 2017
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Yellow Currant tomatoes on the Robinson Seeds vegetable stand. This is definitely one for me next year, in a pot on the kitchen steps. #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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James L Austin, a new rose to me, on the David Austin stand at #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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Every garden has a story. The World Horse Welfare Garden at this year's RHSChelsea, with its delightfully derelict stable, the story of a rescued horse. #rhschelsea
Mon 22nd May 2017
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A miso mayonnaise for warm asparagus. Made in the classic way, slowly beating oil to the egg yolks, but finished with a little white miso and lemon zest. A break from Hollandaise, which I love so much I've had it half a dozen times this season already. Details, and a spring vegetable pilau in @obsmagazine 21.05.17. Plate by Toru Hatta.
Sat 20th May 2017
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Next week is #rhschelsea, the annual marker for my garden to get the first of it's half-yearly trims. (The Chelsea Chop.) I look forward to the show so much, not only for the fabulous and inspirational show gardens but for the vast marquee and its exhibitors. This year I shall be on the hunt for more alliums, foxgloves and hardy ferns, but there is always a surprise or two waiting there. #rhschelsea
Thu 18th May 2017
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The left hand side of the garden, underneath the medlar tree, is moist, cool and dark. Everything I planted there failed. Three years ago, I had the idea of planting ferns, and they are now happily established there. A fizzing spring green at the moment, they will darken to a rich, sombre green as the summer goes on.
Tue 16th May 2017
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The unstoppable Mme Léonie Viennot. For three weeks each May, she is weighed down with huge, scented pink and cream blooms. Once every three years she gets a tough pruning (due this year). Against all odds her roots are confined in a shaded basement, yet she seems blissfully happy. (Rosa Souvenir de Madame Léonie Viennot.)
Sat 13th May 2017
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Prawn and pomegranate miang bites @farangldn. Spicy, crunchy, refreshing, a brilliant start to a gorgeous dinner.
Fri 12th May 2017
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Yew hedges, at the far end of the garden, on the site of what used to be a rubbish tip. Fuzzy with new growth, this is their last fortnight before their twice-yearly trim. This year I shall be looking for tiny, woodland plants to put between the ferns. #rhschelsea
Thu 11th May 2017
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