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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Warm Mallow Salad

I’ve just made a cooked dish using mallow leaves. Khoubiza – warm mallow salad But it’s called a salad which has been confusing me because surely a salad is a dish composed of uncooked ingredients? Well now I’ve learnt that historically the essential thing about a salad is that it has a dressing – the […]

Sunny Scorzonera

Here’s a cheerful photo for a sombre November day – Scorzonera hispanica (common names black salsify, viper’s grass or just scorzonera). A sunny, insect-attracting flower worth adding to the garden even if you don’t want to cook its tasty roots, enjoy its leaves and unopened flower buds lightly steamed, or add the crisp, mild leaves […]