Asparagus with Gill Meller, River Cottage

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River Cottage’s head chef explains why home-grown asparagus is worth waiting for, in April’s issue of The Simple Things. “We’ve been waiting three years for our asparagus bed at River Cottage to yield anything considered ripe for cutting,” says Gillon Meller. “Patience, our gardener insists, is the watchword when growing this delicate little plant.” “The… Continue reading

Top 5 ways with pumpkins

5 ways with pumpkin

Don’t waste your Halloween pumpkins! More than just a scary face, these big and beautiful winter squashes can be cooked in all sorts of ways for a delicious supper. 1. Pumpkin Pilaf Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan with lid. Add 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp each of cumin,… Continue reading

Two Thirsty Gardeners: Roots manoeuvres – five ways with parsnips plus growing tips…

Two Thirsty Gardeners parsnips

Growing, cooking and even brewing tips for your surplus vegetables – not to mention Sunday lunch “parsnip roulette”! – from our regular guest bloggers, Nick and Rich.

The Simple Things Issue 6 is here, full of inspiration and ideas!

The Simple Things Issue 6 cover

The February edition is now out, featuring a whole heap of amazing recipes, interiors, ideas for sharing quality time with friends, craft projects, enjoying the wildlife and seashores of Britain, and romantic Valentine ideas…

Hot chocolate with pink peppercorns

Hot chocolate and pink peppercorns

When you’ve been playing in the snow, this pizzazz-filled, flavour-packed recipe from our friend Kay is a total treat!

Two Thirsty Gardeners: Spruce up your kitchen – eat and drink your Christmas tree!

Two Thirsty Gardeners Spruce Vodka

Recycle your Christmas tree in a tasty way, by turning it into spruce oil, vinegar and vodka! Let our green-fingered bloggers show you how!

Two Thirsty Gardeners: Christmas Brussels sprouts guide

Two Thirsty Gardeners Brussels sprouts

Whether you love or hate this traditional Christmas vegetable, Nick Moyle will help you make the most of buying or harvesting them…

Christmas recipe: Bubble & squeak – a British classic that's got relatives around the world…

Bubble and squeak

A recipe that’s thrifty, tasty and over two hundred years old, which is enjoyed in various forms around the globe? Ooh, yes please, save those leftovers and turn them into a culinary treat!

Two Thirsty Gardeners: A hot guide to horseradish…

Two Thirsty Gardeners horseradish root

Our experts reckon it’s “a much underrated vegetable with bad PR”, despite going wild over exotic wasabi. Dig in for growing tips plus a rather dangerous idea: horseradish vodka!

Recipe: Hoppin' John, a real Winter warmer starring black-eyed peas…

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When black-eyed peas, a under-appreciated legume, get teamed up with curly kale, our favourite Winter green, the result is a taste explosion! Check out a Simple Things-style take on that southern American classic, Hoppin’ John…