Bramley and Winter Coleslaw.


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The perfect Autumn slaw.

‘Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.  Martin Luther.

Just thought I’d share a very simple recipe to help you use up some more of the Brambly apples in your garden.

Bramley apples are low in calories and a good source of vitamin A, C and B.


200g raw white cabbage leaves very finely shredded.

1 large Brambly apple, sliced thinly and cut into very fine strips.

1 tsp wholegrain mustard.

1 tsp dijon mustard.

3 heaped tbsp greek yoghurt.

3 heaped tbsp mayonnaise.

1.5 tsp vinegar.

1.5tbsp finely chopped chives.

Perfect served with mackerel.

Preparation Method:

  1. Gently mix the mayonnaise and greek yogurt with the mustard and vinegar in a mixing bowl.  Add the chives and shredded cabbage then season with a little salt.  Leave to stand for 10-15 minutes to soften.
  2. Slice the apple very finely, then cut very thinly and stir through the coleslaw.
  3. This Brambly apple coleslaw is beautiful served with mackerel warmed gently under the grill.  Or simply on top of a steaming hot baked potato with cheese.
  4. Arrange the coleslaw on a plate as you please.  Any leftovers can be used in sandwiches or added to a salad the following day.

Send your Brambly apple recipes to Surrey.


Emma xxx


Growing a rainbow – part 2


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‘Gardens are not made by singing ‘oh how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade.’ Rudyard Kipling.

This is part two of my blog post on growing a rainbow from your vegetable boxes and containers in your garden this year.  Having a bight autumnal garden full of burnished reds, yellow and oranges is not all about the flowers in the garden.  Here are some more ideas for how to inject colour into your garden by growing vegetables. Continue reading

Brambley Apple and Parsnip Soup.


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‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’ Albert Camus.

I love Autumn.  I love it when the world looks like its been covered in brown sugar and cinnamon.  When the leaves fall in love with the ground and bright root vedge, pumpkins and squashes appear at local markets.  I agree wholeheartedly with John Bryant when he said ‘Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.’ Continue reading