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Happy August everyone.  I am so excited about my second IMK post and thank you to everyone involved for making me so welcome.  The long hot summer here in the U.K means that the vegetable boxes in our garden are still thriving. In My Kitchen this month…

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are lots of beautiful young, crisp, tender runner beans from our vegetable garden.  At their best cooked immediately after picking and served al dente.  These home-grown beans are succulent and bursting with flavour.  Supermarket beans just don’t compare.

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Our first chilli of the season from our greenhouse, which I used to make a very nice lamb curry with.  Fiery hot!

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These baby plum tomatoes also from our greenhouse, are so delicious I could eat the whole lot in one sitting.  Perfect for summer salads.

 

 

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My husband loves home-made coleslaw, so I made some this month with another batch of the home-grown carrots from our vegetable boxes (featured in my July IMK post).  Top tip – traditionally lemon juice is used in coleslaw recipes, but this time I used fresh lime juice for a fresh and delicious twist.

 

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I volunteer for the Epsom group of the National charity Riding for the Disabled Association. RDA provides disabled adults and children with the opportunity to ride to benefit their health and wellbeing.

They say you shouldn’t have favourites, but secretly we all do and mine is Daz, a big black and white gypsy horse who is more like a big teddy bear.  A few weeks ago my poor boy was eaten alive in his field by horse-fly despite wearing a fly net and rug, so he had to have a bath.  He looked so sorry for himself that the following week I took some of my home-grown carrots up to the stable to cheer him up.  In the gallery above you can see they were a hit as he chased me round and round the stable for more.  (Daz’s normal pace being that of a snail.)

 

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One of the wonderful volunteers at RDA has their own chickens, which they kindly give to other volunteers who in return make a small donation to RDA.  This week to the delight of my husband was my turn on the egg rota.  I regularly bake cakes to share with the other volunteers at RDA.  My husband and I have been enjoying the best omelets we have ever tasted this August.

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The abundance of sunshine this year in the U.K means blackberries are ripening a lot earlier than expected.  I picked these plump, shiny ones from our garden to make a delicious blackberry and lemon tray bake this week.

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Long summer evenings call for Parmigiana and a glass of good quality red wine. Unfortunately I have still not been successful in growing an aubergine in the greenhouse.  If anyone has any top tips they would be very welcome.

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My husband was very happy with this freebie being handed out at Waterloo station on his way home from work.  Perfect for our  home-grown new potatoes and runner beans.  You can’t argue with free!

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This month we have had a new lawn laid in our garden so Miles has been having an adventure.  The new sprinkler has totally blown him away and he sits watching the hose like it is a snake waiting to attack.