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…

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…

PERSIMMONS: THE FRUIT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

This time of year in Northern California, you can walk around in neighborhoods and see big trees that have lost their leaves but are full of beautiful orange fruit. These are persimmons and they are prolific trees that produce with abundance each year. There are two major kinds: fuyu, which are eaten when they are…

PEACHY KEEN

We are on the downhill slope towards the end of peach season, so I’ve been experimenting lots with this fruit. I have a pot of spicy red peppers going crazy and wanted to use them with peaches somehow. My sister-in-law, Anne, made a delicious salad for a recent family get-together that inspired me to pick…