Debbie Blumenau

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Double your raspberry crop: it’s a snip

A single simple trick will result in two flushes of fruit<p>I have always had a thing for raspberries. They are much heavier yielding, significantly easier to grow and, to my mind, just as good (if not even better) in the flavour stakes than the mighty strawberry.<p>I have no idea why more people don’t …

Gardening

Food Hack: Marinating Your Veggies Makes Them SO Much Tastier

Marinated vegetables are the way to the heart of even the staunchest carnivores. The first time my mom served them to my brother-in-law and husband, they couldn’t believe that they were piling second helpings onto their plate, especially when there were still burgers on the grill. It’s a versatile …

A Comforting Lentil Soup That Balances Out Holiday Excess

Extravagant holiday feasts are meant to be indulged in once a year. But as far as Yotam Ottolenghi is concerned, a bowl of soup is forever.<p>During times of great excess, it’s often the simplest things that satisfy the most. This is as true of what comes out of the kitchen during the holidays as it …

Food Preservation

Thomasina Miers’ easy recipe for one-pot penne with lentil, tomato and kale sauce

How very British it is to doom ourselves with all this chat about the coming Monday being the gloomiest day of the year. Yes, January is a bit bleak, which is why this whole resolutions business seems so crazy at a time when we need all the help we can get. And yes, give booze a break, if you wish …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Scented winter flowers

If you can brave the cold and the drizzle outside, you’ll find a surprising array of unexpectedly sweet smells<p>To me there is nothing in the garden that is as uplifting as fragrance, particularly in the darkest depths of winter. Catching an unexpected whiff of the scent of summer on a cold, grey day …

Plants

Chili Con Carne Recipe

It seems as if there as many ways to prepare chili as there are cooks who make chili. Ground beef versus chunks, pork versus beef, pinto versus …

Winter-flowering plants that are self-decorating Christmas trees

Light up your yuletide with these amazing festive plants<p>The people on my street really go to town with outdoor Christmas decorations: intricately arranged frosted willow boughs, great garlands of fairy lights, animatronic Santas, the works! However, for lazy gardeners like me there is a group of …

Decorations

Nigel Slater’s chipolatas and bread sauce recipe

The best bits of Christmas dinner.<p>The recipe<p>Peel, then slice in half, 4 medium shallots. Set a wide, shallow pan over a medium heat, add the shallots, then let them soften and colour to a pale gold.<p>Soft, sweet onions or shallots, bay leaves, cloves and plenty of salt and pepper are essential<p>Place 8 …

Sausages

Sheet Pan Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches with Overnight Focaccia Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> A dream to create a breakfast sandwich for a crowd made entirely on a sheet pan (or three) led to this sandwich. Inspiration from: Justin Chapple's bacon weave, Ali Slagle's Sheet Pan Eggs, and focaccia from Bread Toast Crumbs.<p>Real talk: This is a bit of an undertaking, but I think it …

Breakfast

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Broccoli in Peanut Sauce

Combine the chicken, cornstarch, measured salt, and pepper in a large bowl and toss until the chicken is lightly coated; set aside.<p>Heat the oil in a …

Slow Cookers