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Snow: beautiful but troublesome

Snow Garden

We’ve had the most beautiful views over the snowy season that lasted just until Stephen’s Day.  It was not without it’s problems however.  The temperatures dropped to -17 C a couple of days before Christmas – things froze badly and some did not recover.  The head gardener is an avid potato grower and has many varieties on the go – meticulously saving the best seed for the following year.  After last years unusual freeze he spent a few days constructing a special heat unit for the spuds this year.  The thermostat kicks into action once the temperature drops below 0 C.  To our horror the potatoes were well and truly frozen and most completely ruined!  We’ve never seen temperatures like this and a whole year of potatoes and onions may be destroyed.  It’ll be brown rice for 2011!

It has almost fully thawed and the landscape looks dirty and damp again so here’s a reminder of the beauty:


Kitchen View

If you’re feeling a little overstuffed we ate this winter slaw type salad on Christmas Eve with apricot glazed ham and they made a nice little match.

Carrot & Red Cabbage Slaw

For 4

2 carrots, peeled and grated

1/2 red cabbage, cored & finely sliced

1 apple, grated (just before serving)


150ml natural yogurt

1/2 lime – juice of

juice 1/4 orange

2 tsp honey


  1. Dissolve the honey in the lime & orange juice and add to the yogurt.  Mix well.
  2. Combine all the ingredients just


Strawberry Salad

Today I remembered how nice it is to have strawberries in salad.  They have a lovely sweet, but slightly tart taste and do great with fresh basil, salad leaves, pumpkin seeds and this balsamic dressing:

Strawberry Salad

1 bowlful of whatever leaves you have – e.g. butterhead, rocket, small chard, mustard greens

1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn

10 – 15 strawberries, washed and quartered or halved

1 handful toasted pumpkin seeds

2 chive flowers to decorate (if you have)


1 teaspoon runny honey

1 teaspoon strong Irish mustard (that’s what I had to hand – dijon would be good I think)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

4 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt & black pepper to taste

Strawberry Salad

For a proper meal I think a blue cheese would do ok with this…….. and a lump of crusty bread and some EV olive oil and……wine, maybe.