Jun 182012

Polyculture tarragon in polytunnel

My friend Emma has started Project Nosh to eat as many of the edible plants in her garden before she moves.

One of the plants Emma wants ideas for is French tarragon (artemisia dracunculus). The dracunculus in the Latin name means ‘Little Dragon’, perhaps referring to the teeth like shape of the leaves or its serpent like roots. I promised to blog a recipe for tarragon vinegar so that Emma could take the wonderful warm anise flavour with her.

To find out more about how we grow tarragon and for the recipe please read on. Continue reading »

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Jun 162012


Versatile Blogger Award

May seemed to be a good month here at Legge Towers for awards. Cath who blogs at For Bella and Will very kindly nominated me for this Versatile Blogger Award. So thanks very much to Cath for that. It’s also a nice opportunity to give some love to some blogs I read and to tell you some things about me that you may not know. My obligation to do this is clear from the Rules of Acceptance:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
  • In the same post, include this set of rules
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 12:00
Jun 152012

Apple custard cake Parisienne, sliced

You’ll love this cake. It has a crispy case;  firm, slightly spiced apple filling and an aromatic vanilla custard topping. What’s more, it’s ridiculously easy to make and you get to play with squidgy pastry.

I had a surfeit of apples in the fruit bowl that I wanted to use up and a need for custardy, cakey deliciousness. A quick google search soon delivered to me the inspiration for this cake. It’s remarkable how many web sites appear to have the same copy for the recipe…

I thought that the recipe(s) was (were) too sugar heavy. The four pounds of apples the recipes state I think is far too much to fit in the space available. I cut my apples first and measured their volume to work out what baking tin to use.

If you’d like to know how to make this cake, please read on… Continue reading »

 Posted by at 17:15
Jun 112012

Liebster Blog Award

My heartfelt thanks go to Misky of Misk Cooks for this award. She very generously said:

Carl is a renaissance man, a masterful baker and cook, and a constant surprise and inspiration. I’m sure he’s masterful at many things, but that’s possibly too much information. This man has gathered more knowledge into his head than what’s contained in an encyclopaedia. He is also generous beyond belief with that knowledge.

Her nomination is all the more generous because I have been a tardy blogger & tweeter of late.

As the spring/summer has arrived on the calendar (if not with the weather) we have worked very hard to make some big changes in our permaculture garden. This has taken a huge amount of our time. I will blog about these soon.

The Rules of the Award require me to nominate up to five blogs with less than 200 followers for the Award. I do this with some pleasure.

My first nominee is Andrew McFarlane who blogs at The Tao of Food. Andrew’s blog is a new venture which ranges across foraging, food, permaculture and herbal & oriental medicine. Andrew is on a very interesting journey of discovery which is good to read.

My second nominee is Urvashi Roe who blogs as Gujerati Girl. This is another relatively new blog. Urvashi gives a fascinating and information filled insight into the joys of Gujerati food. I’m learning a lot from her posts which she illustrates with great photography.

My third nominee is Paola Andreoni who blogs at Orto di Casa Cecconi.  By way of disclosure, Paola came to stay with us for a few days last month to do some sourdough & other bread baking and to look around our permaculture plot.  Paola was delightful company and very hard-working. Her blog describes her journey in permaculture and organic gardening. There are lots of really good posts there and I hope this award encourages her to continue to share .

For their information, the Liebster Blog Award Rules are as follows:

1. Thank the person that gave you the award in a post on your own site

2. Nominate up to five blogs with less than 200 followers

3. Let the nominees know they’ve won by leaving a comment on one of their posts

4. Add the Liebster image so all your readers know that you are a recipient.


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