Maker of clothes, printing fabrics. Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Maker of clothes, printing fabrics. Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Maker gardener

Maker gardener

Maker of clothes, printing fabrics. Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.


Recent Posts

Green tomato chutney

Green tomato chutney

Winter has finally arrive here in London. The tomatoes on the plant outside are onto their last leg of the season. Many of them have or are beginning to go brown. As it’s quite temperate here unlike the mediterranean one does end up with a […]

Kimchi runner bean

Kimchi runner bean

Here is a recipe on how make kimchi with runner beans. I recently had a harvest of runner beans. By making them into preserves like pickles so as to last them longer. I like making and eating kimchi as I just love spicy food. So […]

Fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant

Fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant

Recently I have been experimenting fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant. At the moment dahlia flowers in my garden are in bloom. Weather has been cold recently so it is marking the end of dahlia growing season soon. This blog is a follow on […]

Mordants in natural dyeing (part 2)

Mordants in natural dyeing (part 2)

This is a continuation of part 2 on the use mordants in natural dyeing. In this part I am focusing the use chrome and copper. Part 1 of the post on the use of mordants like alum, iron and tin are here¬†Mordant in natural dyeing […]

Mordant in natural dyeing (part 1)

Mordant in natural dyeing (part 1)

Recent;y I have started using natural dyes again. There is a lot written on this subject of using mordant in natural dyes. I have use mordants sometimes I don’t use mordants. It all depends of the property of the natural dye that you are going […]

Growing and harvesting tagetes minuta

Growing and harvesting tagetes minuta

I have been growing tagetes minuta in my garden this year. Other names are Peruvian mint marigold, huacatay, black mint and stinking Roger. A same family as marigold. It’s grown like crazy and now it’s harvest time. I have yet to find great recipes for […]

Tomato and egg soup

Tomato and egg soup

This is quick to cook soup. A great way to use up tomato at the end of season or even just to add an extra dish. If one gets an unexpected guest turning up. Therefore this recipe is about tomato and egg soup a classic […]