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Eynsham Parish Council

Oasis on Mill Street

  • natural harmonies
    Photo: Eynsham Online 11/06/2014

    Cornucopia Cooks has a tiny courtyard garden (entrance on Mill Street), where Sandy Hellig grows over 30 herbs for the delicious dishes she creates - and for the final touch that others need, to complete the dish they are cooking. Food sourcing doesn't get more local than this. Pop in for a chat about how to use and grow them on Saturday 28 June, as part of your Open Garden weekend. Stay for tea and cake - all proceeds to Bartholomew Educational Trust.

    UPDATE 26 June: share your herbal lore while you’re here, with Joan from Eynsham News. Penny says rosemary keeps the witches away! What would your granny say? Feel free to pass on any other ideas, to keep Eynsham News fresh and useful.

    The garden is open on Sunday 30 June as well, as part of Eynsham Folk Weekend. There’ll be full afternoon teas with prosecco and jazz but you need to book as space is limited.

  • small space gardening
    Photo: Eynsham Online 18/06/2014

    Recycled oil cans from the Cornucopia kitchen make perfect containers for a row of herbs - all grown from seed or gifted cuttings. Left-right: cornflower shoots with a tiny piece of cotton lavender; winter savoury with blue pansy; dill; curry plant; parsley; 2 mints; chervil; fenugreek (methi); basil. And there is so much more ...

  • pop-up folk
    Photo: Eynsham Online 28/06/2014

    Singer Anne L Ryan takes a break in the garden, after a heartwarming session that certainly encouraged visitors to linger. Her Community Choir had its first public outing in the Market Square this morning; a community singing workshop is to follow tomorrow afternoon.

  • session two
    Photo: Eynsham Online 28/06/2014

    Music and gardens go together like ...

  • strawberries and cream
    Photo: Eynsham Online 28/06/2014

    Home-made scones and jam sold out in no time, with clotted cream from Upper Norton Dairy up the road.

  • bay
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

    One of the indispensable ingredients for a bouquet garni.

  • borage
    Photo: Eynsham Online 18/06/2014

    The borage is enjoying the sun and already looking great in readiness for Open Gardens 2014.

  • salad burnet
    Photo: Eynsham Online 18/06/2014

    Salad burnet - old-fashioned and easy-going.

  • cornflower
    Photo: Eynsham Online 28/06/2014

    Came out just in time for Open Gardens this afternoon.

  • curry plant
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

  • a froth of fennel
    Photo: Eynsham Online 30/06/2014

    A froth of fennel provides a lacy screen from the houses over the road, in the heart of the old village - with a banner for Eynsham Carnival to complete the scene.

  • rose geranium
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

  • honeysuckle
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

    Possibly not edible but much loved by the bees. Here is Sandy's recipe for honey cake, one of her contributions to the Eynsham Cookbook:

    350 g/12 oz butter

    265 g/10 oz caster sugar

    4 large eggs

    150 g/5 oz ground almonds

    150 g/5 oz self-raising flour

    1 teasp baking powder

    50 g/2 oz flaked almonds

    4 tablesp runny honey

    Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Grease a round 24-cm/9-inch cake tin, lining the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, beating as you add them. Sift the flour with the baking powder and add to the mixture with the ground almonds, mixing thoroughly. Spread the mixture in the tin, flattening it out smoothly then cover with the flaked almonds. Bake for 45 minutes - keep an eye on the top to ensure almonds do not burn - you can lightly cover with foil if they start getting dark. The honey cake is cooked when it feels springy as you gently feel it. Finally trickle the honey over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, while it is still hot.

  • lovage
    Photo: Eynsham Online 20/06/2014

  • English mace
    Photo: Eynsham Online 20/06/2014

  • mint on steroids?
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

  • nasturtium
    Photo: Eynsham Online 18/06/2014

    More multi-purpose planting here: the nasturtium is tasty as well as pretty - look in on Open Gardens weekend (Saturday 28 June) and Sandy will tell you more.

  • flat-leaved parsley
    Photo: Eynsham Online 19/06/2014

  • tomato
    Photo: Eynsham Online 21/06/2014

  • feast your eyes
    Photo: Eynsham Online 10/04/2010

    Feast your eyes on almond blossom in the courtyard - a dual purpose plant if ever there was one. After careful restoration of the wall in 2009, Sandy's courtyard garden has developed over the seasons with a style all its own. It opens on warm Friday evenings once a month for Eynsham pop-up wine bar. Access from Mill Street.

  • found objects
    Photo: Eynsham Online 23/04/2010

    The old iron railings come into their own - recycling isn’t hard ...

  • perfect order
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2010

    Plums ripening against the south wall - advice and recipes to follow.

  • linger if you can
    Photo: Eynsham Online 05/08/2010

    A glimpse from the kitchen powerhouse, where activity never ceases ...

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