Autumn Leaves

The trees are turning, leaves are crunching underfoot and the breeze has a little nip on its tail – autumn is here in all it’s glory. Along with the season come the fruits of October, among them apples, cabbage and potatoes. Why not pair some of those crisp, tart Bramleys with ham, cheddar and a…

Solving Global Problems in a Gorgeous Garden

In a little corner of Puglia, Italy one man is attempting to find solutions for water shortages, world hunger and crop diversity. Paolo Belloni started Il Giardino Pomona in 1994 as an experiment in permaculture and as a way to save heritage varieties of fruit trees. Along the way he created an ingenious method of…

Harvest Time

Gardens are overflowing with the best summer has to offer right now. The growing season is so short in England and the weather so mercurial that one has to make the most of what’s on offer. I came home from a visit with family in Devon loaded with bags of purple green beans, sunny yellow…

Home Sweet Home

What is home? Is it a place or a person, a feeling or an emotion, a smell or a taste? Sometimes living this expat life it can be hard to determine what is home. Even though I have one here in London I get homesick for the people, places, smells, tastes and comforts of California….

A Flower by Any Other Name

My current produce obsession is with sprout flowers, a.k.a. kalettes or kale sprouts. This hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale was introduced to England in 2010; each adorable flower is the size of a sprout with ruffly leaves surrounding a tightly closed bud. They grow on stalks like Brussels sprouts but the ruffles give them…