cooking, reading, loving, dreaming :: April

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This month, I am…

cooking … anything with wild garlic! It’s the perfect time for foraging. I’ll be making an annual batch of pesto and I’ve had great success with foccacia too.

reading… poetry. I’ve been rediscovering poets that I loved back when I was a student. Phillip Larkin’s The Trees is my current poetry crush.

loving… The Pool, Lauren Laverne’s innovative new online platform. Perfect for a spare five minutes, there’s always something interesting to read, and if you have longer then this interview with Caitlin Moran is every kind of fabulous. I highly recommend it.

dreaming… of nights under canvas. I can’t wait to put up the bell tent for the first time this year, and I’m already making updated lists of camping essentials. I’m keen on investing in a fire pit, and finding something comfy to replace our defunct airbed. What would you suggest?

What are you cooking, reading, loving and dreaming of this month?


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  • I am loving the deer and the hares I see running around the fields on my early morning walks with my dog Tilly. They are exquisite, a joy to see, and a privilege. I am also enjoying the little blue tit we have named Morris, who comes and jumps up and down at our window in the morning – I can see him now, drinking from the bird bath. He is a very entertaining little guy; not sure what attracts him to the windows, but he gets pretty animated, possibly at the sight of his own reflection! You can see a couple of photos of him on my blog, the running wave, and some of the other lovely creatures who live nearby! I am enjoying the wild garlic too. I’ve got a little patch in a shady, damp corner of the garden, which gets bigger every year! My go-to place for picking the leaves for cooking is Pressmennan Wood, which nestles into the Lammermuir Hills, not far from Edinburgh. Wild garlic carpets the wooded slopes there, and I love to make pesto to serve with pasta, dollop on top of minestrone, or eat with roast lamb! Delish!

  • Yes, this weather is perfect for dreaming of the outdoors isn’t it. My middle boy would so love to go camping. I’m sure there’s a little tent around here somewhere… He has a Swiss Army knife, a fire pit, a Trangia, a flint and steel firelighter and a camp blanket – he’s all ready to go. We like a little poetry round here as well. Perfect for reading aloud. Have a good weekend Laura. CJ xx

  • Made my first wild garlic pesto this week – delicious! And Philip Larkin’s trees – second ref to it in as many days, after more than 20 years not thinking of it! Seamus Heaney was reciting it on a programme I watched the other night….

  • Reading – Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, cooking – nothing special, loving – that spring has arrived and has brought the sun, dreaming – long walks with my boys and more wild camping.