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Growing Cucamelons

A Cucamelon is a small cucumber-like fruit that are shaped like baby watermelons. It originates from Mexico. Cucamelons have a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lime. Which makes them perfect for adding to salads, pickling, adding in a Gin and tonic or even making a fresh Chilli Salsa. I plan to try all the above. I want to […]

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Growing Camellia sinensis

I wanted to grow something different this year. I have never grown Camellia sinensis before. But it would make a nice indoor plant which can be harvested from. Camellia sinensis is the plant Tea is produced from. I’m growing Camellia sinensis var. assamica. This is the Indian variety. Camellia sinensis on it’s own is the Chinese variety. […]

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Mango Chutney

Ingredients 3 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 inches fresh ginger, finely minced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 red chili, sliced and de-seeded (Or a small Orange Habanero for a bit of a kick) 2 teaspoons whole nigella seeds 1 teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom ¼ teaspoon […]

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Lime Chutney

Ingredients 10 ripe limes 2 tablespoons cooking salt 6 ounces sultanas (if you can’t get sultanas then just use raisins) 3 tablespoons Groundnut oil 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds 1-2 Red Chilli’s De-seeded 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 finely chopped garlic cloves 2 inch piece […]

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