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A bright, sharp salad for a spring day. The marriage of pickled rhubarb and salmon shouldn't have really come as a surprise to me, the astringency of the rhubarb working in much the same way with the fish as sorrel or lemon does. Details @obsfood, Sunday 23.04.17 and guardian.co.uk
Sun 23rd April 2017
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A place to read. A few years ago, when I first came to this house, this was a lawn. An almost hidden iron bench, surrounded by rosa chinensis, choisya and honeysuckle, the space is now somewhere to sit with a book.
Sat 22nd April 2017
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Smoked haddock and spinach tart, herb pastry. Quiet flavours for a spring day. Details in @obsfood on Sunday 23.04.17
Sat 22nd April 2017
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The smaller of the two Cornus kousa, in full bloom, Easter Sunday. Her older sister, a few feet away, is still in bud. This is her moment.
Sun 16th April 2017
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Chelsea Physic Garden, Monday 10th April. Tucked away in the garden, a little surprise for visitors. (Made from old wooden apple crates and moss.)
Tue 11th April 2017
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In the tangle at the end of garden lies Rosa chinensis Bengal crimson, a cutting from the vast bush at Chelsea Physic Garden. She's rarely without a flower. The single, butterfly-like flowers are fleeting, barely lasting a day. Softly scented too, despite what you may read elsewhere. They occasionally come up for sale at @chelsea_physic_garden plant shop, which is where I acquired this one.
Sun 9th April 2017
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Pear blossom. Early morning. Just outside the kitchen door is an espalier pear tree, Doyenne du Comice, planted seventeen years ago. It rarely fails to fruit, but I have seen very few bees this spring so will I give it a helping hand by brushing it with pollen from another variety (Winter Nellis) at the other end of the garden with a small, soft paintbrush.
Thu 6th April 2017
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Dark chocolate mousse, covered with a very thin, crisp layer of chocolate and crushed hazelnut praline. Green glass bowl circa 1960. First chocolate mousse I've made in years, forgotten how much I like it. Details @obsmagazine
Sat 25th March 2017
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Scrolling through last year's photographs I came across this one of a favourite tree in Japan. My trip this year was two months earlier than usual so the buds were still tightly closed.
Wed 22nd March 2017
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After the Storm, Howard Hodgkin 2002 (detail). Saddened to hear the news of the death of Sir Howard Hodgkin. His paintings are one of the great joys of my life. One brushstroke and you just know it could only be #howardhodgkin
Thu 9th March 2017
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Deadheading hydrangea 'Annabelle' under a white winter sky.
Sat 4th March 2017
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Winter's morning. A flock of white hellebores under the Cornus kousa. Since Dan Pearson @coyotewillow put these in a few years ago they have quietly spread throughout the garden. White, ivory, cream. And here and there a few with maroon freckles.
Tue 28th February 2017
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Spicy, sticky roast chicken, with oyster sauce, garlic, chilli and soy. Crisp, cooling salad of cucumber mint and grapefruit. Details theguardian.com
Sun 26th February 2017
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Fig and pistachio shortbreads with sharp orange curd. One of five recipes celebrating the season's citrus fruits. Details @obsfood 19.02.17
Sun 19th February 2017
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Snowdrops, early morning, at the far end of the garden.
Fri 17th February 2017
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And....home to bed.
Thu 16th February 2017
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Thanks to everyone @truckfurniture for such a brilliant day. And to everyone at Bird for looking after me so well. So good to see you all. #osaka #truckfurniture @h_i_r_i_n_k_o @truckfurniture 🙏🌲✨
Wed 15th February 2017
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All is calm, all is bright. Just the muffled crunch of my footsteps in the snow on my way to the little wooden coffee house. #Kurokawa
Wed 15th February 2017
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Breakfast. Crisp, hot, fried tofu, grated radish, ginger, ponzu dressing. Agedashi. #Kurokawa
Mon 13th February 2017
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Coffee, tea? Help yourself. Better than finding a coffee maker in your room.
Mon 13th February 2017
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