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Smoked Mackerel and Parsnip Fish Cakes
We should be eating as much oily fish as we can, and this is a delicious way to do so. Serve with a home-made tomato sauce.
Gardening with children – sowing the seeds
In part 2, find out about sowing the seeds, all the different methods you should use and how to get the best results.
Gardening with children – choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
Growing peas in the veg garden
Sarah talks through her favourite varieties to grow and eat in the veg garden at Perch Hill.
How to grow sweet peas from seed
Find the best method of growing sweet peas from seed for strong, productive plants.
Citrus Fruit Salad
Ideally, make this with super-nutritious blood oranges, but if they're not available, use the best standard oranges, such as Navels. It's healthy and...
Buckwheat pancakes recipe
These buckwheat pancakes are similar to blinis, and full of flavour - perfect with smoked salmon, cucumber and sliced boiled eggs.
How to grow your seed potatoes
Find out how to chit and plant out your earlies or maincrops, as well as how to force them in bags.
Caring for indoor Cyclamen
Plant up indoor cyclamen for a burst of colour in the cold month of February.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
Red Thai curry mussels recipe
Delicious, spicy and fragrant, mussels, like oysters, are generally thought to be best in the colder months of the year (those with an ‘r’...
Shallot tatin with leftover cheese recipe
The sweetness of the shallots makes this recipe so delicious – perfect for a party, and great for using up leftover cheese.
Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
Want to start a veg plot but not sure where to start? Sarah's guide will help you begin.
The Best Muesli
This recipe, unlike many shop-bought muselis, conains no added sugar. Make a big batch of the core recipe to last a couple of weeks and storie in an airtight...
Mrs Titley’s chocolate and coffee éclairs recipe
These éclairs are the best you’ll ever eat. They are ideal for a big family party – make two-thirds chocolate and one-third coffee...
The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow
Sarah shows you which varieties of salad she grows to last through the winter at Perch Hill.
How to plant and grow iris
We plant lots of iris bulbs at Perch Hill to start off a long bulb flower succession. They're beautiful and successful in pots, at the front of borders,...
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
How to plant and grow freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.
How to plant and grow dahlia tubers
Find out how to grow strong, healthy dahlias this spring – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they...
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
Coconut milk and Greek yoghurt panna cotta caramel recipe
A low fat panna cotta, using yoghurt and coconut milk instead of cream. Make this the day before, so the caramel is absorbed into the panna cotta overnight...
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
Clematis for every month of the year
Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one clematis in flower all 12 months of the year, those flowering walls and curtained branches always around...
Sarah's Superfoods: Kale
As an ex-doctor, I want to ignore the fads and focus on truly exceptional good foods that we should include in our diet as much as possible – and...
How to sow sweet peas in winter
Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.
A brief history of daffodils
From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...
Smoked mackerel, broccoli and almond salad recipe
This is an excellent salad for lunch or as a starter for dinner. Serve with griddled sour dough, scraped lightly with garlic and drizzled with a little...
The Plants You Should Be Growing This Year
Sarah has tested more than 50 new plants. These are her favourites - for ease, longevity, appearance and flavour.
Kale, mushroom and lentil pilaf with toasted goat's cheese recipe
This is hearty, filling winter food. Chestnut mushrooms in particular are good here as they don't collapse on cooking, or you can use whole button mushrooms,...
Roast parsnips rolled in parmesan recipe
These are crunchy and sweet, lovely with any meat or stew, to eat with an aperitif, or as a first course dipped into crème fraîche...
Sarah's Superfoods: Sweet potatoes
As a nation, we’re devoted to potatoes, eaten every which way. But why not use more of the healthy, coral-orange sweet potato?
Beer-can chicken recipe
Although bizarre, the technique used here is an excellent way to cook a chicken, with the bird steamed from the inside at the same time as being roasted...
How to grow Delphiniums
We have all got to grow delphiniums – the most statuesque towering spires for any garden. They make brilliant cut flowers too.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad
Eating a good leaf salad every day isn’t a hardship. A lettuce-based salad contains vitamins A, C and K, along with lots of dietary fibre and minerals,...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli recipes
Try Sarah's delicious Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Almond Salad, or the tasty Broccoli and Cauliflower Falafel Fritters with Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
How to plant and grow aquilegias
Aquilegias are invaluable for flowering in May and early June when there is suprisingly little colour in the garden.
The very best annual climbers
Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad recipes
Try to include a salad in at least one of your daily meals, and it doesn’t just have to be lunch or dinner – you’ll be all the better...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli
Broccoli has long been regarded as a nutritious choice, but it has now joined the super league. Like all green vegetables, it is rich in fibre, full of...
Understanding dahlia groups
A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.