My perfect day at The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden

View from The Ethicurean Restaurant in spring - Decorator's Notebook blog

As a lover of all things seasonal, homegrown and foraged, The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden has been on my ‘must visit list’ for a while, so I couldn’t believe my luck when a card popped into my letterbox last week from my gorgeous friend Emma and her husband Mike, inviting me to… 

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Recipe: nettle and wild garlic soup

Nettle and wild garlic soup recipe Decorator's Notebook blog

Many people aren’t that keen on the idea of eating stinging nettles. If you’re one of them, I urge you to try this delicious recipe for Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup so I can change your mind! Nettles are young and plentiful in spring and they’re packed with health benefits too – the leaves are… 

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Foraging, fungi and the fear that followed

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Last year, my friend Emma and I went on an utterly unsuccessful mushroom foray on Wimbledon Common. This weekend she came to visit me in my new Somerset home and look what we found! Now, it is a little known fact that my first ever published feature as a keen young journalist was on the… 

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Food Week II: Whole Larder Love

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You probably all know by now that in less than a week I’m shipping out of The Big Smoke and heading back to rural Somerset to camp with my parents for a while and get the Decorator’s Notebook Shop off the ground. In the midst of packing up Le Flat I have started daydreaming about… 

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