We are cooking with Pumpkins at PumpjackPiddlewick

Whether it is images for Halloween or the cornucopia concept of harvest, autumn to me can be summed up in one word ~ Pumpkins.  There is something about these roly-poly orange veg that just makes me smile.  (Maybe that is why we are driven to carve toothy faces into them?)Continue Reading

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Most villages have walnut trees dotted all about.  In autumn, I make a point of going for walks, looking for walnuts underfoot. I have gotten in the habit of carrying a bag or basket with me to make theContinue Reading

What to do with a marrow at PumpjackPiddlewick

Every one has been on the receiving end of this, I am sure. You have a friend (and/or you do it yourself) who has a vegetable garden. At some point as summer marches on they say ‘I have a marrow. Would you like it?’ (Read: can you do anything withContinue Reading

The best potato salad ever at Pumpjack Piddlewick

I have taken to harvesting what needs harvesting from my vegetable garden. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Today’s resulting harvest was 11 new potatoes, 15 baby carrots, 2 celery branches, 5 chives and 7 green beans. And this haul made the best potato salad IContinue Reading

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year I am awash in strawberries and raspberries from my garden. But sandwiched in between, along one crumbling garden stone wall, are two bushes of currants. One is red currants, the other Champagne currants. (And I have added a black currant bush now for even more diversity.) I hadContinue Reading