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@nigelslater
The garden changes week by week, the leaves glowing first green then amber and gold before finally falling. This week has been a time of endlessly removing wet, fallen leaves from the paths, hedges and fragile plants, putting them into bags to rot down for leaf mound. Gardeners’ gold.
Sun 19th November 2017
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Home. A few autumn leaves still holding on this morning. 🍂🍁 🍂
Tue 14th November 2017
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Sea buckthorn. Tart golden berries for preserves, purée and ices. Spotted this week in Turun kauppahalli, the beautiful, wooden-beamed market hall in Turku, Finland and in the outdoor harbour market in Helsinki. I have eaten them three times this week: in a jam with rye toast for breakfast; as a purée with roast venison and in a panna cotta with liquorice ice cream.
Sun 12th November 2017
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Dusk, Finland. Tonight All Saints is celebrated, when loved ones are remembered and cemeteries are illuminated by hundreds of candles.
Sat 4th November 2017
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Thank you to everyone involved in making this. Christmas Chronicles own little film which will going out in cinemas before Murder on the Orient Express. 🙏🙏 @4thestatebooks
Sat 4th November 2017
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Holding on. The last few leaves of Cercis canadensis ‘forest pansy’ clinging to their branches. They catch the evening sun at the bottom of the garden, making each leaf appear illuminated, like the glass in a church window. 🍁🍂🍁
Tue 31st October 2017
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A cake for autumn. Dark, dense, hazelnut chocolate cake with rosemary and sherry-soaked golden sultanas. Details the guardian.com (nigel slater hazelnut cake with sultanas and rosemary) or at nigelslater.com (recipe section, autumn puddings and baking.)
Sun 29th October 2017
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A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in the publication of the Christmas Chronicles. To Louise Haines, Michelle Kane and everyone at @4thestatebooks, to James Thompson, Jonathan Lovekin and everyone who has worked so hard to get the book from my food-splattered diary to finished publication. ✨✨🎄🎄✨✨
Wed 18th October 2017
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Glittering table at Brunswick House awaiting its guests for a dinner to celebrate the publication of Christmas Chronicles. Thank you @4thestatebooks, @jackson_boxer and everyone at Brunswick House for looking after us so splendidly. A truly fabulous evening in every way. 🎄🎄
Wed 18th October 2017
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Returning home from three weeks filming to find the garden sleeping under a layer of fallen fig leaves. Unlike the Cercis and the Cornus, whose leaves colour brilliantly then fall gradually, the fig tree loses its leaves in one great swoosh. You can almost hear them saying...ready...steady....go.
Sun 15th October 2017
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I rather like it when museums and galleries have closed doors, giving an element of surprise as you open them and enter a different room. "What's through this one" you wonder. (In this case, the exit.) #Rubenshuis Antwerp
Fri 22nd September 2017
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Rubenshuis, Antwerp. The delight of finding yourself almost alone in the artist's house far outweighs the slight disappointment at the gardens being closed for renovation.
Fri 22nd September 2017
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Peaches, pickled with cider vinegar, juniper and lemon. Initially meant as an accompaniment for cold meat, we found they worked brilliantly alongside chilled fino, cold beers and with cheese. Details the guardian.com
Sun 17th September 2017
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Dahlia Labyrinth. Overwintered in the cellar, the labyrinth dahlias are back for a second year. Softly curling petals the colour of fondant creams underneath a grey autumn sky.
Fri 8th September 2017
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Raspberry and Lemon Jam, slightly less sweet than the usual. The lemon shells go in the pan with the berries. I don't eat much jam, but I do love making it, filling the kitchen with the smell of bubbling fruit and sugar on a rainy afternoon. Details nigelslater.com (summer/sweet stuff) and the guardian.com
Thu 24th August 2017
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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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