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December 6, 2016

The sprayed artichoke heads are mingling with dried hydrangea flowers and tall candlesticks give some height…


Photographed at night with a light behind…


I made a hasty trip to the allotment in icy weather to check on seedlings in the greenhouse.  All was well there but rows of kale had been demolished by the birds whilst the spinach was still looking good. I rounded up a couple of pointed cabbages and when the scruffy outer leaves had been peeled back these soft green leaves were revealed. They were just perfect for wrapping up and stuffing with minced lamb.



1 medium onion finely chopped plus 1 clove of garlic squeezed and both gently fried together in olive oil for 10 mins.

200 g minced lamb stirred in and cooked for further 20 mins.

100 g cooked brown rice stirred in then all left to cool.

S & P and 1 tsp dried oregano added

Blanch the cabbage leaves for five minutes in boiling water and drain. Add about 1 tbls of the mixture to the middle of the leaves and fold over to make a parcel and secure with a cocktail stick. Place in a baking dish and cover with a tin of chopped tomatoes. Bake for 30 mins at 180. Serve with a crisp green salad.


There’s very little to pick from the garden but on the allotment the spent flower-heads of Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’ had turned a rich, brown-red and suited a glittering lustre jug.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2016 4:02 pm

    The sprayed artichoke heads are a brilliant idea; the whole arrangement is perfect and I like the idea of the back lighting – very clever.

  2. December 6, 2016 4:58 pm

    Thanks Christina -. inspite of my unsophisticated camera technique I was pleased with both images.

  3. Brambles & Twine permalink
    December 8, 2016 11:00 am

    Brilliant! I’d have never thought of spraying Artichoke heads but they look amazing! It looks lovely and cosy in your house.

    • December 8, 2016 11:26 am

      it was a Sarah Raven idea along with broad beans in the pods. I guess those would need to be sprayed soon after picking in early summer.

  4. December 16, 2016 7:25 am

    I have some dried artichoke heads which I picked in time to preserve the purple, but they look more stunning sprayed silver and sparkling in your arrangement. I covet your huge hydrangea heads too. I think that I should find a space to plant one.

  5. December 16, 2016 9:09 am

    My three hydrangea shrubs provided cut flowers for weeks and then I dried some to spray silver and others were simply left pale and interesting!!

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