THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Apr10

The Cows Are Coming!

Who would have thoughts cows can skip? Here is a video of the cows at Riverford Farm being let out of the barn… beautiful to see their excitement as they head out into the fields!

While on the subject of cows and milk… last weekend the staff at Modern Mint learnt to make halloumi. It is easy and quick to do, and tastes delicious… we’re drooling thinking about it now!

For those self-sufficiency hunters out there, the ‘Gentle Art of Cheesemaking’ is another skill to add to your repertoire. For more information and a fun lesson to teach you the basics, courses can be booked with Louise Talbot at Cutting the Curd.

If you want to know what great cheese tastes like, visit Pong! An online cheese retailer…

Or get these books to try it out yourself!

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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