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Jews Ears and Dragons

Today I have been picking Jews'-ears (also known as Wood Ears or Jelly Ears - ed). This is not some nasty anti-Semitic habit; "Jews'-ears" is the name of the lovely velvety-brown fungus that grows on Elder and dead Elm. They are my daughter's favourite mushroom and the important thing to know about Jews'-ears is this: … Continue reading Jews Ears and Dragons

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Toby’s Red Sauce for Pan-Fried Duck Breast

So far, my articles have been short, pithy and brief. (I looked “pithy” up in the Oxford Dictionary. It means “Condensed, terse, or containing much pith”, which presumably means that I have been giving the pith rather than taking it, which is good, as I suspect nobody is actually reading these articles.) I am going … Continue reading Toby’s Red Sauce for Pan-Fried Duck Breast

Clean Energy Won’t Save Us – We Need Clean Soil

The government proposal to ban fossil fuel cars by 2040, has been criticised by many as woefully inadequate, and much too slow. Kevin Anderson, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists, has warned that we’ve already blown our chances of keeping global warming below the “safe” threshold of 1.5 degrees. Greenhouse gas emissions need to be … Continue reading Clean Energy Won’t Save Us – We Need Clean Soil