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@nigelslater
Doyenné du Comice pears, two of about a dozen this year on the espalier outside the kitchen. I check them every day, and (hopefully) will pick them before they are fully ripe, bringing them to perfection indoors.
Sat 19th August 2017
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Prawns, black garlic, butter, lemon, dill from today's @obsmagazine column. Details: the guardian.com. Sustainably sourced, cooked in minutes and gloriously messy to eat. We had a great day cooking these, stopping work to eat them in the garden, mopping up the garlic butter with bread.
Sun 13th August 2017
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✨✨The Christmas Chronicles ✨✨ Details nigelslater.com
Tue 8th August 2017
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The Discovery was the apple of my childhood. A splendid tree hung over the wall from next door and I picked them throughout the summer holidays. Discovery was one of the first trees I planted in my own garden, specifically to recapture the fleeting pleasure of its fruit and its pink and pearl-white flesh. I picked the first of the year this morning. This variety doesn't keep, which somehow makes its arrival all the more precious.
Sun 6th August 2017
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Proof reading. The last few tweaks, corrections and cuts that I enjoy almost as much as writing. Glancing longingly at the kitchen doors, wanting to be out there, in the summer rain, soaked from head to foot.
Sat 22nd July 2017
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Darkest green corner of the garden - ivy, beech, medlar and box - lapping up the evening's rich, sweet rain.
Tue 11th July 2017
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Crisp, fried aubergines, thyme, sheep's milk cheese, honey. Details theguardian.com
Sat 8th July 2017
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"Welcome home" says Annabelle.
Fri 7th July 2017
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Squid straight from the grill, chilled watermelon, cherry tomatoes. Details @obsmagazine Sunday 02.07.17
Sun 2nd July 2017
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I fear I may have been a little dismissive of any hydrangea other than the bountiful white 'Annabelle'. But the softer pinks, in the right place, are beginning to appeal. The 'right' place may well be amongst white ones. The occasional, palest pink amongst a froth of white, lacy blooms.
Sun 2nd July 2017
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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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