23 May 2009

not domestic rocket science

If you have been thinking about the cockleshell vestry at St James, Cooling,

and then come across wild rocket on a walk across the marshes at Cliffe,

maybe it's not so surprising that this is what you have for your tea when you get home.


Anonymous said...

I was packing up lots of books (major home improvements in the offing) and came across one I thought you might know, or if not you might want to get hold of a copy. It is called 350 Miles: An Essex Journey and consists of essays by Ken Worpole (really interesting on writers connected with Essex - Simon Schama, John Fowles) and some wonderful photos by Jason Orton. Amazon will charge you a tenner for it but you can get it for half that from Essex County Council. Details are at:

Your food looks delicious. We've had a rather healthy crop of rhubarb here and I have been pressing it on everybody who has visited! Looking forward now to the Kestrel and Vivaldi potatoes but even more so to the Glen Ample raspberries which are looking very promising again this year.

colleen said...

The Librarian tells me we have this in the house somewhere though I really don't remember seeing it. Now I am intrigued - so thanks for the hint.

I'm thinking of putting in some raspberries this year so interested to hear about your Glen Ample.

Elizabeth said...

I love the rocket in Europe. Here we call it arugula,and the leaf shape is all together different. I prefer the one in Europe! Your dish looks tasty by the way.

colleen said...

Anon - have now seen 350 miles. Perfect for me. Anpther trip Thanks.

Elizabeth - we have two types of rocket. Wild rocker is more spiky. You do find it in wild places, in town and you can buy seeds too. It's strongly peppery. The more commonplace rocket is probably the same as your arugula - softer and gentler on the palate.

Anonymous said...

Oops, another post I posted appears not to have 'taken'. Firstly apologies for not signing the last (350 miles) post - my kids have hijacked my google account and I keep forgetting that I am posting anonymously. Just to say that I would highly recommend the Glen Ample. We chose them because they are spineless although that admittedly is a mixed blessing since it means the kids, with no fear of getting scratched, endlessly help themselves in the garden. We bought them a couple of autumn's back from Keeper's nursery near Maidstone - a fantastic mail order place that has an open day each September where you can go and taste the hundreds of varieties of apples, pears and quince they produce (you can just wander up and down the rows of trees - important to take a knife, if you don't want to overdose.) We erected a basic Monty Don suggested support frame out of a couple of fence posts and wires. Apart from cutting them down at the end of the season they take care of themselves.

We have just this weekend released out latest batch of 10 painted ladies - though I see from the Guardian that they are hardly in short supply this year!

Best wishes,


colleen said...

I noticed too the Painted Lady story. They are so big! Saw several here and on the N Kent marshes this week.

Good luck with the home improvements...