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@nigelslater
Timberyard, Edinburgh. Utterly delightful. A roll call of my favourites. Pigeon, mackerel, veal tartare, the tomatoes from heaven, blissful bass. Love this room, the welcome, the thoughtful food, the little surprises (like two desserts). Wish I lived nearer. @timberyard10
Wed 15th August 2018
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A few minutes of peace and solitude in a cool, quiet room. No work goes on here. No meetings are held. No laptops are opened. It is curious that even after ten minutes here I leave clear-headed and quietly energised. I find Jennifer Lee’s pale, finely balanced stoneware pot a source of inestimable tranquility. @roseuniacke @axelvervoordt @erskinehallcoe #jenniferlee
Sat 4th August 2018
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Hot summer pudding with sloe gin. Baked berries and currants layered with bread, and baked till lightly crisp on top and juicy underneath. Details in Sunday’s @obsmagazine
Fri 3rd August 2018
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Dahlia Labyrinth on the kitchen steps. Carnival colours for high summer. This is their third year. The tubers spend their winter in the cellars that run under the pavement, tied in bunches to dry, then tucked up in deep pots of compost and given a very occasional and very light watering. I bring them out into the daylight in May. During the summer the pots get a fortnightly dose of liquid tomato food. @sarahravensgarden
Fri 27th July 2018
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Crisp, salty, sweet, sour. A salad for a hot summer evening. Ripe papaya, radish, carrot, with a dressing of fish sauce, lime, palm sugar and Thai basil. Details theguardian.com
Mon 23rd July 2018
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Hydrangea Annabelle. Snow white clouds in the darkest, driest part of the garden. No matter what we throw at her - drought, torrential rain, frost or snow, she remains resilient. She never fails to flower each summer, her dried heads stand proud through the winter. Annabelle never lets us down.
Sun 22nd July 2018
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Last year, when we filming in the Middle East I fell in love with early morning breakfasts of soft, fresh cheeses, warm flatbreads and sour cherry preserves. The cherries are so good this summer that I have revisited that idea, this time with a mixture of ricotta, mascarpone and orange zest to eat with a cherry compote. Details are in today’s @obsfood and from tomorrow on theguardian.com
Sun 15th July 2018
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Rich, sweet, summer rain. The garden (and its gardener) rejoices.
Fri 13th July 2018
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In search of shade. Looking up through the branches of the Nottingham medlar tree that grows over the garden table. A hidden place of coolest green on the hottest of days. It feels like being in a tent, or in one of the dens I made, endlessly, as a kid.
Sun 8th July 2018
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Garden table. This week, the scene of every breakfast, lunch and dinner but also every meeting and all my writing too.
Fri 29th June 2018
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Tomatoes, cooked slowly with olive oil, bay and thyme then tossed with green and broad beans and sesame. Details in today’s @obsmagazine
Sun 24th June 2018
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Summer solstice. The kitchen door slowly disappearing from sight under a sprawling jasmine.
Thu 21st June 2018
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Writing companions. Rosa Boscobel, dahlia Edge of Joy and an unnamed pelargonium.
Wed 20th June 2018
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Rosa Munstead Wood, particularly fragrant this evening outside the kitchen door. Introduced in 2007 by @david_austin_roses and named after the home of the garden designer and writer Gertrude Jekyll, it has become one of my favourite roses.
Wed 13th June 2018
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The view from my kitchen window. A tiny space where ferns grow out of the walls and where I drink my coffee on a summer’s morning.
Sat 9th June 2018
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A sorbet of roasted apricots. The brief cooking with a little sugar intensified the fruit’s often elusive flavour. Details in my @obsmagazine column on Sunday.
Fri 8th June 2018
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Each year, during the first week of June, the garden gets a gentle summer trim. The yew and box hedges are clipped and the canopy of the medlar tree is thinned out. This is its last weekend before we get the shears out.
Sat 2nd June 2018
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“I’ve got something to tell you, lamb chop.” A moment from the stage production of my childhood memoir Toast. Currently at The Lowry theatre in Salford and moving to the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival in August, the play is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan. I have watched this scene with @samueljnewton as young Nigel and @lizziemuncey as Mum many times now and always end up in tears. The gorgeous set is by @libbydesigner and the food direction is by James Thompson. The sensitive treatment of my little story is the most beautiful gift I have ever received. Seeing the standing ovations, reading the reviews and chatting with members of the audience has been a total joy. I can never thank the cast, company and everyone involved enough. And thank you to @marksandspencerfoodpr and @toastale for their support. 👏👏🎭💐💕 Photo courtesy The Other Richard.
Fri 1st June 2018
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Spring bank holiday. The studio kitchen, where I work on the recipes with James, and where we photograph them for @obsmagazine with Jonnie Lovekin. So strange to see it quiet and empty on a weekday. Can’t wait to see this space back to its usual self tomorrow. But for now I shall let it sleep.
Mon 28th May 2018
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At the end of the garden, amongst the ivy and yew, the mock orange (philadelphus) is currently in full bloom. The acid green leaves sing out from the rest of the black-green foliage, and the scent of the pure white flowers is caught between the high yew hedges that enclose this part of the garden.
Sat 26th May 2018
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