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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Sloe progress: the result

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It’s ready! {all Decorator’s Notebook} Of course, I had to sample a little to check it was alright… I can confirm it tastes as good as it looks!

Sloe progress

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Having bought up a few gallons of too-cheap-to-drink gin, I was a bit concerned about my failed expedition to pick sloes last weekend. What a difference a week makes… {all Decorator’s Notebook} It’s been so lovely and mild there’s hasn’t been a frost yet so the berries are bagged up and in the freezer. I… 

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