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@nigelslater
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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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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