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Medders at Large Summer time so the living is cucumber, long and lean or stumpy and knobbly

David Medcalf


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We have more cucumbers than we can eat. Isn’t nature wonderful!

We have more cucumbers than we can eat. Isn’t nature wonderful!

We have more cucumbers than we can eat. Isn’t nature wonderful!

Last year we had the summer of the chilli peppers, named in recognition of a compact bush which offered up a lavish harvest of little red fire breathers. They resembled Smurf hats and they were so plentiful that, rather than allow them go to waste, it was necessary to preserve them in oil or chop them up to make a fiery paste.

Such was their power, that only a small spoonful of paste is required to turn the heat up under the simplest of dishes, guaranteeing an eye-watering response in unwary diners. There is still so much of it that supplies should last well into next winter, enlivening curries and adding a warming glow to stews or casseroles.


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