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@nigelslater
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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Monday morning, at my desk, just ‘getting on with it’. Mondays have long been the day of the week when I rarely leave the ‘office’. The day for meetings, and dealing with emails, phone calls and letters. If I’m honest, probably my least creative eight hours of the week. Yet, without this ritual my life would descend into total chaos.
Mon 15th July 2019
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The garden table in July. Dusky blue-greens and violets have taken over from the fizzing lime and emerald greens of May and June. The purple-green foliage of Bishop of Canterbury dahlias, Cercis ‘forest pansy’ and the darkest red pelargoniums bring a welcome sombre note to this little urban space.
Sun 14th July 2019
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Edamame and herb fritters, with a ginger and lime dipping sauce. From today’s Observer column. Details in @obsmagazine and theguardian.com and later, on nigelslater.com. Plate by Yumico iihoshi
Sun 14th July 2019
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If you walk along the overgrown path to the end of the garden, step through the yew hedge and turn around, you can no longer see the house at all. Neither can you see any of the neighbouring properties. Ten years ago this was rough lawn, but I wanted to be more enclosed, so we dug it up and planted philadelphus (mock orange ) honeysuckle and hydrangeas, yew, single roses and Cornus to create a sort of secret space. A tiny hidden garden in the city.
Thu 11th July 2019
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Roast peppers, cherry tomatoes, yoghurt and sumac. A recipe from today’s @obsmagazine. I sometimes roast peppers and tomatoes by the trayful, with olive oil, thyme and garlic then keep them in the fridge for later in the week, scattering them with basil, feta on the day, or eat them with hummus and bread. (The recipe is in the print edition today, online from mid-week.)
Sun 7th July 2019
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Garden table seen from the kitchen roof. (Looking my fear of falling straight in the face.)
Fri 5th July 2019
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So the Dior exhibition at the V&A is simply wonderful. Thank you @harpercollinsuk for another great summer party and thank you @elizabday for making my evening 💕 🥂@vamuseum @4thestatebooks
Thu 4th July 2019
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Pale pink pelargoniums on the garden table. Midsummer morning. ‘Table’ is a rather grand word for what is actually an old door balanced on a packing crate rescued from a skip, but they do the job. #recycle #greeningthecity
Wed 3rd July 2019
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Doorstep goals. So, the fabulous @emmafreud cooked lunch for me. Gorgeous food, brilliant company, delicious gossip. And then we sat on the steps amongst the ferns and busy-Lizzies and I got front door step envy. Thank you Emma for a wonderful day. 💕
Tue 2nd July 2019
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Before Hydrangea Annabelle turns snow white, the young flowers go through a luminous green stage, lighting up the middle garden with its dark green yew hedges and ivy covered walls.
Mon 1st July 2019
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I was honoured and thrilled to be asked to be part of the new series of Elizabeth Day’s wonderful podcast How To Fail. I have read Elizabeth’s books, and we have mutual friends but this is the first time we had actually met. We chatted candidly about my decision to abandon my career, breaking hearts and being a terrible friend. We talked about writing and children and OCD and, especially, about my mum. We talked about toast and Toast, friendship, ice cream and green tea. But most of all we just just chatted. I’d love you to listen. Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail series is on Spotify or your usual podcast platform. And yes, as you might have guessed, she is completely and utterly fabulous. Thank you Elizabeth for a great day 💕
Wed 26th June 2019
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The moment each summer when nature starts to take the garden back. When I feel it is no longer mine, and I hand over control.
Tue 25th June 2019
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Midmorning treat. Goats’ cheese with lavender from @lafromagerieuk with white sourdough from @lbpedlar. (Plate @floriangadsby) Now back to Saturday morning housework. As my stepmother used to say “Well it won’t do itself, will it?”
Sat 22nd June 2019
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Reading Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. It is a privilege to read each page of this beautifully crafted love letter (from a son to a mother who cannot read). I truly do not want this book to end. #oceanvuong
Fri 21st June 2019
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Looking down from a first floor window into the little courtyard. Jasmine and roses are rambling along wires to provide a green roof for the table, giving a feeling of enclosure. I sometimes take coffee here in the morning, though the table is currently home to pots of foxglove seedlings.
Wed 19th June 2019
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