Corn tortillas are a staple food in Mexico – in every neighbourhood in every town or city you will find a tortilleria, a shop or sometimes just a local house where the tortilla makers will be soaking and grinding the corn to make masa and then transforming the masa into fresh corn tortillas. Customers buy dozens fresh every day, as they feature in almost every meal. Masa (the ground corn dough) and tortillas are considered so important to the stability of Mexico that the price of both is controlled by the Government. Continue reading
We think about food pretty much constantly. Jo and I both love cooking, eating, growing, learning and talking about food – and our business makes sure we do that every day, whether we want to or not! We’ve had numerous beer-fuelled conversations about where our business is going, where it fits in the world, where food is going, where it should be going, what we’d change about the world of food if we could. The Edible Flower is basically an excuse to spend our time exploring all of these issues. Now, it’s time to include you in the conversation.
In 2018 we’ll be designing and hosting a series of supper clubs exploring ‘The Future of Food’ – each event will explore a different theme related to sustainability and how we might need or choose to change the way we eat in the future. Continue reading
This was our first full year of growing at our smallholding on Middle Road. When we first moved in last October we hired a turf cutter and basically decimated one half of the front garden, cutting out six 9×3 metre vegetable beds. This allows us to have a six year crop rotation – so my life will now be divided up into six year chunks and by the time the alliums are in the bed nearest the house again I’ll be 41! We’ve chosen to grow all our vegetables organically using the no-dig method, which means we don’t dig down into the soil but instead allow the plants roots and the activity of the worms and other creepy crawlies to gently create an aerated soil structure over time.
These fishcakes (Tod Mun Pla ) are a Thai classic, but they are easy to make at home after a trip to your local Asian supermarket to pick up a few ingredients – tapioca flour is essential here as it gives the fishcakes their uniquely springy and spongy texture. Continue reading
We went to Maine for the wedding of two of our favourite people, Alexis & Andrew. I met Alexis a couple of years ago when we shared a cottage and a life-changing cooking adventure at Ballymaloe Cookery School. We’ve both changed our lives and careers a lot since then, mostly for the better I think. But changing your career and becoming self-employed is a big challenge; I love that Alexis is going on a similar journey to us, she understands the everyday elation and frustration of self-employment. You can read more of Alexis’ journey here. With Alexis’ culinary credentials she was never going to pick a city with a dud food scene to get married in – here are our top five things to eat and drink in Portland, Maine. Continue reading
The weather has been so miserable and rainy today that I’ve been craving warming, autumnal flavours in the form of something I can eat on the sofa while watching the Great British Bake Off on catch up. Continue reading
I think nettle soup sometimes gets a bit of a bad rap, perhaps it just seems a bit too worthy or maybe people are put off by remembered childhood stings on knees and elbows. When collecting nettles you should probably wear thick gloves to prevent any stings (unless you are much hardier than me), I find heavy gardening gloves are good for picking them and then rubber gloves for washing and stripping the leaves off any thick stems. Continue reading
Jo loves chicken wings. Any sort of herby, citrusy or spicy marinade followed by a blast in the oven or BBQ and she’s happy. However, this particular marinade was so awesome we thought we’d share. It’s a magic combination of salty umami soybean, zingy ginger and spicy chilli paste. Continue reading
This is my recipe for Thai Sticky Rice with Mango or Khao Neow Mamuang as it is known in Thailand. This is a classic Thai dessert, I’ve spoken to people who claim the main reason they go to Thailand is to feast on this recipe every single day of their holiday. Continue reading