Potpourri Magazine

Seasonal produce - Brussels sprouts

Not much is left in the veg patch at this time of year, but we can always rely on harvesting Brussels sprouts for Christmas.  Here are three ways to cook them that you may not have tried before.

Roasted Brussels, chorizo...

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Seasonal produce - parsnips and parsnip soup

Parsnips are fabulous winter root vegetables that can be harvested up until January, once the foliage dies back.  But their flavour is improved if you wait until after the first frost, which converts the starch into sugars giving them a...

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Seasonal produce - pumpkins and pumpkin pie

With Halloween and Thanksgiving upon us, now is a great time to get creative with pumpkins.  These huge striking orange fruit look almost surreal growing on the earth connected by their stems, which begin to crack as the pumpkins ripen. ...

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Seasonal produce - sloe gin

The hedgerows are brimming with sloes, so remember to take a pot with you next time you go on a nice autumn walk and gather enough to make some sloe gin for a fruity warming winter drink.  Traditionally this should...

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All about apples

Homegrown apples are a world apart from supermarket-bought ones.  An apple tree, with its gorgeous spring blossom and autumn fruit makes an attractive and wildlife friendly addition to any garden, however small.  Even their bare gnarly branches in winter have...

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Seasonal produce - what to do with plums

Plums are a delicious tangy fruit, great eaten raw but also great for stewing or making jams, crumbles and tarts.  ‘Victoria’ is a well-known variety and ‘Blue Tit’ and ‘Opal’ are also excellent.  As with gages and damsons, they thrive in...

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Seasonal produce - what to do with beetroot

Beetroots are easy to grow and can be sown from April to June.  Harvest them when they’re the size of a golf ball.  They’re delicious and nutritious and great roasted or grated into salads along with their colourful young leaves. ...

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Seasonal produce - what to do with courgettes

Courgettes are hungry plants but easy to grow and versatile.  Aside from ratatouille, they’re great raw and are easy to grate into salads with a bit of lemon and oil.  Alternatively, they can be steamed, grilled or roasted and are fab...

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Seasonal produce - rhubarb upside down cake

A delicious tart fruit, stewed rhubarb, flavoured with sugar and ginger, is fab cold with yoghurt or hot in crumbles.  And it’s harvested from early spring when there are few other fruits and can keep going until early summer, though...

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Seasonal veg - nettle soup

The next time you weed a bed of nettles, crop them instead, well the tips anyway – they’re a surprisingly tasty, free and vitamin-packed fresh vegetable.  They’re also excellent for boosting your immune system - so important at the moment. ...

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Seasonal veg - baby turnips and carrots

We may all be in lockdown at home, but this Easter Sunday you can still treat your family to a delicious navarin, a French stew made with seasonal veg.

Along with spring lamb, use your early spring carrots and turnips.  You...
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