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MarkD

About Me: I run Otter Farm, the UK’s only climate change farm, home to orchards of olives, peaches, almonds, szechuan pepper, apricots and a vineyard. When it's rainy I write. As well as this blog and occasional pieces for newspapers and magazines, Mark writes every month for The English Garden, and wrote the River Cottage Veg Patch Handbook. Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markdoc

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Roasted beetroot pizza with kale and anchovies

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Beetroot is so underrated. Its rich, earthy flavour, silky smooth texture and wonderful sweetness make it able to star in both sweet and savoury courses. The combination of beetroot, kale and anchovies makes for a stunning warm salad with some sliced boiled eggs or a bit of sirloin steak, but it also makes a rather spectacular winter pizza topping, with the fragrant oil drizzled over the top. Roast the beetroot with the skin on, and the roots and leaves intact, to keep in all the flavour. Garlic and thyme are a must – the combination infuses both beetroot and olive oil with the most delicious savour.

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Be careful what you wish for, as my granny used to say

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Be careful what you wish for, as my granny used to say. I know it's cold still, I know the wind cuts off any enthusiasm for getting outside but I'm not going to wish for Spring proper to arrive yet. Read More ›

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The winter corner is turned

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I love this post-festive season feeling. The winter corner is turned, at least in my head, and it feels downhill to spring. It's a time for planning by the fireside on the rainy days and getting Read More ›

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One long ski slope to New Year

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This is one long skislope to New Year for me. I love it. You're officially allowed half a dozen mince pies a day, whisky macs are almost compulsory and the fire's on as much as it's not. The Read More ›

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Creamy Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and bacon

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If you know anyone who’s yet to be convinced by Brussels sprouts, put them out of their misery and cook this dish for them. It’s so undeniably magnificent that it will convert them in a second.

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Choosing what to grow....No1

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Prioritise plot-to-plate winnersMany of your finest harvests are princesses, happy to lose texture, vigour or (most distressingly) their sugars from the second they are detached from the plant. Read More ›

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Starting to grow some of your own veg

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There's no better time to start growing some of your own food than the depths of Winter. When the fire’s working hard and the beer's best kept out of the fridge rather than in it Read More ›

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Grow your own veg

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I have a feeling that 2009 will be the year of Growing You Own.  What with Landshare and Capital Growth, as well as the enormous swell of interest in allotments, I have a feeling that more of us Read More ›

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Turnip 'risotto'

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Turnips are fab. If you need convincing (or are already converted and after a top supper) try this recipe by Italian-American chef Mario Batali, from his book Simple Italian Food – not risotto as we usually know it, it has the turnip taking the place of the rice. It’s delicious as it is, also great with a little fried pancetta or bacon thrown in.

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