James Wong's Homegrown Revolution Blog http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk How to grow incredible edibles in any back garden. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:07:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MAKING ‘MOCKNUKA’ HONEY http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/spices/making-mocknuka-honey/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/spices/making-mocknuka-honey/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:05:33 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1924 Don’t own acres of rolling New Zealand countryside or a trusty beekeeping outfit? Here’s my cheat’s guide to making your very own ‘mocknuka’ honey from homegrown manuka flowers. Manuka honey has shot to prominence in recent years for its powerful antimicrobial effects (and hefty price tag!). Yet any old shop bought honey can be given […]

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PURPLE CARROT CHEESECAKE http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/uncategorized/purple-carrot-cheesecake/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/uncategorized/purple-carrot-cheesecake/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 07:09:14 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1888 I was so excited about growing these fluorescent ‘Deep Purple’ carrots, I thought they deserved a fate a bit more more special than being turned into soup. The answer? Why e-numberless purple carrot cheesecake of course! WHAT ARE PURPLE CARROTS? Before you ask, nope there has been no GM jiggery pockery here. Purple is in […]

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MY JANUARY HARVEST http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/my-january-harvest/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/my-january-harvest/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:20:01 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1785 I braved the ice & snow of a truly bitter January morning to share this little haul with you. Just coz it’s bone chillin out doesn’t mean you can’t eat well in the 21st Century veg garden. MY HARVEST ON 16TH JANUARY 2013 It might still be dull and grey outdoors, but just an inch […]

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NEW ZEALAND YAM HARVEST http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/buried-treasure/new-zealand-yam-harvest/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/buried-treasure/new-zealand-yam-harvest/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:57:27 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1758 Tired of watching your spuds getting clobbered by blight? Well fear not. Introducing New Zealand Yams, the delicious & super easy-to-grow spud substitutes that come complete with an iron-clad blight resistance. Hooray! WHAT ARE NEW ZEALAND YAMS? Oxalis tuberosum Despite their (rather confusing) common name, New Zealand yams actually hail from the highlands of South America […]

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EATING DAHLIA ‘YAMS’ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/buried-treasure/eatindahlia-yams/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/buried-treasure/eatindahlia-yams/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:49:09 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1617 Believe it or not these blowsy garden flowers were first introduced to our shores not as an ornamental, but as a tasty root veg. Skeptical? Here’s my rookie’s guide to growing, cooking & eating Dahlia ‘yams’. WHY DAHLIA ‘YAMS’ MAKE GOOD EATING Before you instantly dismiss the idea of eating Dahlia roots as some kind […]

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MY DECEMBER HARVEST http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/december-harvest/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/december-harvest/#comments Sun, 06 Jan 2013 02:55:36 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1579 Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of foodie treats in the 21st Century veg garden. Behold the dazzling world of exotic root veg that absolutely anyone can grow, even on our chilly little island. MY HARVEST ON 21st DECEMBER As the frosts start to bite, fruit and leafy greens are making […]

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GROWING INCA BERRIES http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/dessert-fruit/growing-eating-inca-berries/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/dessert-fruit/growing-eating-inca-berries/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:58:39 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1373 Sticky, sweet & incredibly exotic, you might not believe it but uber trendy South American inca berries are infinitely easier to grow than the lowly tomato. If you plant just 1 fruit crop next year, make this it! WHAT ARE INCA BERRIES? With their delicious tropical fruit flavour of ripe pineapples mixed with fresh kiwis, […]

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RAW RHUBARB: SURPRISING TREAT http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/dessert-fruit/raw-rhubarb/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/dessert-fruit/raw-rhubarb/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:12:44 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1464 Crisp, bright & with an almost tropical fruitiness, raw rhubarb is a truly unexpected treat. Swap the simmering for an overnight soaking & transform a ration book staple into something altogether more far-away & exotic. HOW TO NOT COOK RHUBARB Despite having been grown for millennia for its medicinal roots, rhubarb’s edible charms were surprisingly only discovered […]

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CUCAMELONS: GRAPE-SIZED CUKES http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/savoury-fruit/growing-cucamelons/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/savoury-fruit/growing-cucamelons/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:46:53 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=296 Doll’s house-sized ‘watermelons’ that taste of pure cucumber with a tinge of lime. These little guys are officially the cutest food known to man & oh-so-easy to grow even for real beginners. Let me show you how to get started… HOW TO GROW CUCAMELONS: Cucamelons can be grown in pretty much the exact same way […]

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MY NOVEMBER HARVEST http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/my-november-harvest/ http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/harvest-updates/my-november-harvest/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 16:24:09 +0000 http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/?p=1318 Temperatures may be plummeting but there are still plenty of edible treats out there in the 21st century veggie patch. From saffron to sweet potatoes, chilly weather need not mean a season of bland, boring food! MY HARVEST ON 16th OCTOBER Just a quick peek at a small selection of what I’ve been scoffing this November. […]

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