Hawthorn Shashuka

The Hawthorn tree is a gift that keeps on giving all year round. During the glorious spring, the leaves have a pale greenish-yellowish hue, a delicate flavour and almost melt-in-the-mouth softness. In early summer it is festooned with white blossom which gives way to round, red berries which, amongst other things, make a most intriguingContinue reading “Hawthorn Shashuka”

This is not home education

Radio 4 are running a new series called ‘The Corona Chronicles’. This is my submission, but if it doesn’t get selected I thought I’d share it here anyway. I’ve been home educating for over 6 years and I’ve heard every awed, shocked and concerned comment there is: ‘But what about their social lives?’ ‘How canContinue reading “This is not home education”

Why should I eat wild?

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates, ages ago This post is dedicated to everyone out there who does a little shudder at the thought of eating leaves straight off a tree. I get it. Honestly, I do. Intellectually we know that the food we buy from the supermarket grows inContinue reading “Why should I eat wild?”

Wild Garlic

You’ll know it instantly when you are near a patch of wild garlic, the scent fills the air with garlicky wonderfulness – and the ground covering of shimmering leaves is unmistakably magical. March is the ideal time to be picking wild garlic because, before they flower, the leaves are beautifully fragrant and flavourful without beingContinue reading “Wild Garlic”

Is there beauty in the mud?

We have been wading through the most squalorous, squelchy, sticky, smelly mud for several weeks now. Some days it’s so muddy that you can’t actually find anywhere to wipe the mud off your hands because you’ve already wiped so much mud onto yourself by wiping your hands off on yourself. This is, sadly, not satire.Continue reading “Is there beauty in the mud?”