The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

seasonal vegetarian recipes with a side helping of food politics

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lime leaf ice cream with coconut tuile basket

This recipe for lime leaf ice cream with coconut tuile basket is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes has been inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. The flavour of this vegan ice cream is intense, astonishing […]

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spaghetti with olive, caper and tomato sauce

Monsanto, once dubbed the “most evil corporation in the world” no longer exists but its toxic legacy shows no sign of disappearing, thanks to one of its flagship products, the weedkiller Roundup. The principal ingredient of Roundup is a chemical called glyphosate, which seven years ago the World Health Organisation labelled “probably carcinogenic.” Since then, a growing body of evidence has associated exposure to glyphosate with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer […]

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tofu, pak choi and broccoli with vegan XO sauce

This recipe for tofu, pak choi and broccoli with vegan XO sauce is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes has been inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. XO sauce originated in Hong Kong around forty years […]

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parsnip and white bean soup with curried croutons

The decision by the UK government to give the green light to the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide currently banned across the EU is as predictable as it is appalling. The government’s decision to allow the use of thiamethoxam to deal with aphids on sugar beet crops went directly against the advice of its own expert advisers, and will undoubtedly mean further damage to our threatened bee species. Neonicotinoids act […]

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chard, broccoli and chickpea broth with basil and pine nuts

This recipe for chard, broccoli and chickpea broth with basil and pine nuts is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes has been inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. This hearty dish uses two of my favourite […]

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star anise and rhubarb Eton mess

Last month the French government introduced legislation outlawing plastic packaging on most fruit and vegetables. Several other EU countries are reported to be planning similar moves although, sadly, there is no sign of the British government following suit. Whilst France’s initiative is to be applauded and encouraged, it addresses a symptom rather than a cause. The question, surely, is why do so many of our fresh foods come contained in […]

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curried potato, cauliflower and pea burgers

This recipe for potato, cauliflower and pea burgers is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes has been inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. These burgers are spicy, comforting and delicious, like the inside of a samosa […]

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leek, potato and coconut soup

I have been posting less frequently of late because I have become much more involved in the day to day running of Worcester community garden, a delightful teaching and display garden nestling alongside Worcester racecourse where I have volunteered for the past seven years. On our site, helped by a wonderful group of committed volunteers, we use organic, no-dig methods to produce a bountiful crop of fruit and vegetables each […]

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Szechuan-style noodles

This recipe for Szechuan-style noodles is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes is inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. I grow pak choi every year, and over time have learned that it’s best to plant this […]

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cumin dusted carrot tempura with coriander and lemon aioli

This recipe for cumin dusted carrot tempura with coriander and lemon aioli is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes is inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. This year I used lengths of drainpipe to grow my […]

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vegan apple crumble tart with malt ice cream

This recipe for vegan apple crumble tart with malt ice cream is the latest in a monthly series of recipes I have created in partnership with Suma. Each of these recipes is inspired by products from Suma’s extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products, and the recipes appear both here on my blog and on the Suma website. A seasonal vegan treat, this delicious, lightly spiced apple crumble tart […]

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kadhai paneer

The Covid-19 pandemic has been disastrous at a political as well as a personal level. Economies the world over have tanked badly thanks to the impact the virus has had. But here in the UK, in one respect at least, it has provided a fig leaf for the UK government, which was elected on a promise to “get Brexit done”. Some prominent government supporters have been suggesting the pandemic is […]

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