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@nigelslater
Ripe nectarines, grilled gammon and Cashel Blue. A recipe from this month’s @obsfood , the details of which are online at theguardian.com in the lifestyle section. It has taken till now, virtually autumn, to find really luscious, truly ripe peaches and nectarines this year and now I’m making the most of them.
Tue 20th August 2019
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My desk, at which I sit and write my column and my books, is rarely without its jam jar of flowers. You can often tell, almost to the week, what time of year it is just by looking at them. This week marks the moment when summer becomes autumn. I have never known the change happen so suddenly. I would love a long autumn. Still sunny, warm and bright but with softer light, a gentle breeze and the garden slowly turning from green to gold. 🍃🍂
Sun 18th August 2019
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Apricot and lemon sorbet from today’s @obsmagazine column. I eat a little ice cream almost every day if my life. Not much. Just a spoonful or two. Sometimes it is home made, sometimes not. Right now its the late summer stone fruits - plums, apricots and peaches - that I’ve been using in my own home made versions. Cooking the fruits in a light syrup of sugar and lemon does wonders for the apricots’ sometimes elusive flavour. Details in today’s Observer and at theguardian.com.
Sun 18th August 2019
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The first few dahlias opened this week. They are later than usual but I’m fine with that because they will now probably be around till the first frosts. The larger plants from last year are heavy with buds but I still wish I’d picked out the growing tips a bit more rigorously to encourage thicker stems. I can see I will have to get the hazel sticks and branches out again this year to support the larger flowers.
Wed 14th August 2019
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Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is one of my favourite places. I often dream of living here, surrounded by the Ede’s collection of art, ceramics and found objects. This visit was made even more memorable by a chance to see Jennifer Lee’s exhibition The Potter’s Space. (Open until September 22nd.) Not only was it a huge treat to see so much of her work in one room but also to find some of her pieces sitting quietly amongst the furnishings in the house too. And yes, I had cakes at the delightful café and sat in the comfy chairs in the house and browsed the collection of books and catalogues in the library. It is difficult to think of a gallery or museum where one feels quite so at home. What a total joy this place is. @kettlesyard @erskinehallcoe
Sun 11th August 2019
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Creamed smoked mackerel, crushed peas and pea shoots on sourdough toast from Sunday’s column in @obsmagazine. Details are online at theguardian.com
Mon 5th August 2019
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One side of the garden is damp and heavily shaded. I struggled for a few years to find anything that enjoyed the conditions (though raspberries did well there). The bed is now a mass of ferns and they are doing exceptionally well, over-wintering happily under the medlar tree.
Mon 5th August 2019
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I have long admired the work of potter Jennifer Lee and am lucky enough to have a couple of her pieces at home. I have now made three visits to see her Works from a Private Collection at @erskinehallcoe in the Royal Arcade in London’s Piccadilly. This rare chance to see so much of her work in one room is keeping me going until I can get to see her major show at @kettlesyard in Cambridge in the next few weeks (a gallery I would dearly like to live in). The London exhibition can also be viewed online at erskinehallcoe.com under installation.
Sat 3rd August 2019
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When I have time, I like to cook beans and chickpeas from scratch, soaking them overnight, then cooking them with bay, onion and peppercorns. (On other occasions I open a jar or tin. Much depends on the day.) Either way, I will often mash them to a thick cream with olive oil and herbs to give clouds of fluffy mash to serve with roast vegetables or sausages. This week I made a chickpea mash flecked with thyme and parsley to eat with grilled Italian sausages. Afterwards we ate crumble cake made with the last of the gooseberries. Details in today’s @obsmagazine and at theguardian.com
Sun 28th July 2019
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Lemon and chinotto trees at @chelsea_physic_garden. I love the way many citrus trees bear fruit and blossom at the same time. I must have spent a good twenty minutes sitting on a bench next to the trees yesterday, the heavy summer afternoon air filled with the scent of citrus blossom. One of the city’s little havens of peace and calm.
Sat 27th July 2019
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A summer lunch of delights with @allanjenkins21 at Brat. Grilled chillies, bread with girolles, soused mackerel, beans and velvet crab. Crikey I love this place so much. Thank you @bratrestaurant for looking after us as always and thank you @allanjenkins21 for everything.
Fri 26th July 2019
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Working in the cool of the basement kitchen this morning, writing at a desk under the stairs. The temperature must be a full ten degrees cooler than on the ground floor. The Georgians knew.
Wed 24th July 2019
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A welcome stranger. There is something rather magical about a surprise flower appearing in your garden. I genuinely don’t remember planting this particular dahlia but the violet tones and deep purple black foliage are a delight. Thanks for coming, whoever you are.
Tue 23rd July 2019
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Breakfast meeting. Apple turnover, goat’s milk yoghurt and sorrel. Cucumber, spinach, aloe vera and kiwi juice. Hide restaurant, Piccadilly.
Tue 23rd July 2019
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The last of the foxgloves. Now I will let them seed. There are about thirty young plants already in pots - apricot, white and pale pink - which should be ready to go out in early spring.
Mon 22nd July 2019
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Lemon Mousse tarts from today’s @obsmagazine It had been a while since I made a classic lemon mousse and I had forgotten how much I like their citrusy sharpness. I lightened the crust by using a mixture of ginger biscuits (not gingernuts which are too hard) and sweet rice cakes. The cases are exceptionally fragile and crumbly, so non-stick tart cases are essential. I think of these as something to eat mid afternoon rather than as a dessert. Details are in the @obsmagazine and on theguardian.com
Sun 21st July 2019
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The view from the study window. The point in the year when nature takes the garden back. The tangle of jasmine, fig and climbing roses have formed a green roof over the little courtyard outside the kitchen. You almost feel you could step out of the window and walk on it......I will let nature have its way for a while.
Sat 20th July 2019
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A quiet breakfast of nectarines, Ticklemore and toast. The world outside is silent. Even the birds seem to be late getting up this morning.
Sat 20th July 2019
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Sweet summer rain, much needed. I’m not sure why so many of the plants in my garden still have their name tags on them. Just noticed one on the Cercis Forest Pansy that has been in for three years and also several ‘sold’ labels on the acers. Some of the old roses have them too. Laziness on my part I guess, and also the fact they are often so difficult to cut with the garden secateurs. I shall go out one day with the kitchen scissors and remove them all. Then I shall probably forget what variety of Cercis, honeysuckle, rose or acer they are. I clearly need to keep a garden notebook in the same way I keep notes in the kitchen.
Thu 18th July 2019
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Courgettes with feta, basil and lemon. Every week we publish a quick, light, seasonal ‘Midweek’ recipe in the @obsmagazine. This week’s is for those whose courgette plants are currently producing an abundance of fruit. Details online at theguardian.com.
Wed 17th July 2019
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