It was great to be weeding under the pear trees today. I was looking up at the swelling buds thinking about the fruit that I am going to enjoy this year.



It was great to go up and see four book shops in London who are going to make a window display with the new cookbook. There are some 12 but we only went to 4. I was so happy to see Nomad bookshop on Fulham Road had covered  the whole window. One of the books open on my Grandmothers recipe.


Study days

The new year of study days has started, the best food at this time of the year is soup. I am still able to use vegetables from the garden, pleased to still have crops like Kale and celeriac doing well.



It does seem from my time today in the artichoke patch that they have not over wintered as well as they should have, this is the second year in a row. This spring when I split them I will add grit to the soil in the hope that it will help stop water sitting around the roots in winter.



If you eat interesting and good food as a child you have something to draw on later in life. I remember my Father baking apples for us in winter. I have started to bake apples myself and am happy to remember just how good they are.



I was happy to get the first of the books today. The point of the book is that it will be useful to people who want to grow vegetables and also give some ideas on how to use the produce.