Beechgrove Garden ep.8 2015



In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim hopes to catch up with the veg planting that he wasn't able to do last week in the torrential rain.
Carole and Jim are also back in their side-by-side 6 x 8 greenhouses pricking out and planting. George helps Josine Atsma in Glendevon to create a new bog garden and plants it up with moisture-loving perennials. Carole visits Peter and Gill Hart in Fife.
They have 20 acres of woodland, the floor of which at this time of the year is carpeted with bluebells, hellebores, trilliums and wood anemones - as well as a collection of rhododendrons.

Beechgrove Garden ep.8 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.8 2015

Simply Nigella - Episode 5



As Nigella says, 'Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different types of eating'. So in this episode, Nigella shares her favourite menu to help get that balance in thekitchen.
For the days when something light and luscious is needed, Nigella's salad of salmon, avocado, watercress and pumpkin seeds fits perfectly.
For the occasions that call for something a bit different, there is Nigella's chicken shawarma with an array of spices, sauces and flatbreads. Inspired by a spit-roasted Lebanese kebab, Nigella's oven-roasted version is fun, tasty and prefect for feeding a crowd.
There has to be chocolate in the balance and Nigella shares two of her latest treats, a glossy liquorice and blackcurrant chocolate cake and her chocolate chip cookie dough pots - freshly-baked pots of gooey cookie dough served with a dollop of ice cream or creme fraiche.

Simply Nigella - Episode 5


1.Oven-cooked chicken shawarma
2.Salmon, avocado, watercress and pumpkin seed salad
3.Chocolate chip cookie dough pots


Gardeners World ep.4 2016



  The first big gardening weekend of the year gets underway with Monty dividing perennials and giving plenty of tips for how we can kick-start the garden for the season ahead.As millions of bedding plants are poised for planting in our pots and borders, Joe Swift visits a major grower to find out how they are produced and what drives the demand.Rachel is at a garden centre to find the top plant trends this Easter, and we travel to Devon to get some expert advice on looking after orchids from specialist grower Sara Rittershausen.


   The Snake’s head fritillary is such an exotic looking flower, it’s hard to believe that it grows wild in damp grassland and meadows prone to flooding. Its chequered, nodding bells are like no other, and their graceful habit only adds to their appeal. There is some debate, however, as to whether it actually is a British native as it has been grown as a garden plant since Tudor times.



 It wasn’t until 1736 that it was recorded as growing in the wild, which suggests it is more likely to be a garden escape.If you fancy growing some in your garden, it’s important to provide the right conditions. It’s one of the few bulbs that relish wet conditions over the winter, so if you garden on clay, they should do very well. A sunny or partially shaded position is best. There’s a chance your local garden centre will have some on sale in pots or you could plant them as bulbs in the autumn. The bulbs are poisonous, so make sure you wash your hands afterwards. 
  The Easter weekend is a great time to stock up on supplies for the year ahead, so if you’re planning on paying your local garden centre a visit, do bear in mind that large stores over 280sq m (3000 sq ft) will be closed on Easter Sunday, except in Scotland.

Simply Nigella - Episode 4



 There is another serving of irresistibly easy dishes on offer as Nigella rustles up more of her favourite recipes that promise to help with the wind down at the end of a long day. This time, the focus is on ensuring a cosy and comforting vibe.
 Breakfast is a tray of cheering chai muffins - light, luscious and dairy-free. For a low-key lunch, there are Nigella's Asian-flavoured short ribs - a perfect make-ahead, meltingly tender beef stew.
 And friends are in for an informal supper with Nigella's fish tacos. Inspired by her visits to Tacoria's on America's west coast, Nigella's homemade, oven-baked version involves a bit of DIY at the table, ensuring a laid-back atmosphere for guests and host alike. The tacos are followed by a divine salted chocolate tart for pudding


Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2015



  In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is in the conservatory showing how to prune camellias, while Carole puts together hanging baskets with some new plant introductions.
 This is Carole's second visit to new gardeners in a mature garden, Mark and Aileen Snowden, in Newport on Tay and this time, Carole creates a fruit border for the family.
 Carole is also treated to a spectacular spring show in the 'auricular theatre' at Rumbling Bridge Nursery.

Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2015

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.2



Rick Stein continues his gastronomic journey from Venice to Istanbul. In the Byzantine city of Ravenna he discovers piadinas, street food dating back to Roman times before crossing the Adriatic Sea to Croatia - a first for Rick - and a chance to discover new dishes like pasticada, goat stew with peas and lamb peka.

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.2
Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.2

Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2015



  Seed scattered and sown, and lawns grown and mown. Carole shows us an easy way to sow flower seeds while Jim toils away on the lawn.
 Then it's sweet pea planting - scrambling v cordon-trained. Chris is back with Jenny and Euan MacLean in Linlithgow for a second visit to their nightmare plot and this time it's dreamy breakfast-and-teatime terraces and the perfect pergola.
 George is still in a tight corner tending his small-space vegetable garden. Carole visits Hamish McKelvie and his prickly friends in Houston, Renfrewshire. Since boyhood, Hamish has built up a huge collection of cacti.
Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2015

Simply Nigella ep.2 2015



Nigella continues to show us that what and how we cook really can make us feel better and more alive with the second episode in her latest series.

In this episode, Nigella introduces her favourite recipes for sharing with family and friends. Whether it is a tray of nourishing breakfast bars for those mornings you need to grab and go, a supper of crunchy chicken cutlets that are just as much fun in the making as in the eating, or Nigella's latest addition to her Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame - her stunning dark and sumptuous chocolate cake - every recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

There is a pork bun feast too. First inspired by a visit to a New York eatery, Nigella's succulent belly pork burgers - with their array of condiments and picky bits - are now a favourite DIY lunch when the hordes descend.

Simply Nigella ep.2 2015
Simply Nigella ep.2 2015

Beechgrove Garden ep.5 2015



It's daffolicious in the Beechgrove garden as Jim takes a look at his trial of new versus old daffodils to see if traditional beats contemporary in the daffodil world.
Meanwhile George further tests that theory as he visits Backhouse Daffodils near Auchtermuchty who have daffodils that are the origins of many of the modern daffodils in use today.
Chris reviews his climbers for every aspect and to complement them he adds roses to the cutting garden. Pruning is sometimes a thorny issue and so Carole and Jim are pruning their way around the garden to show us how to take the mystery out of it.

Beechgrove Garden ep.5 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.5 2015

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.1



Rick Stein embarks on a new gastronomic road trip from Venice to Istanbul through the countries of the former Byzantine Empire - a melting pot of east and west.


Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.1
Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul ep.1

Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.2 2016



Mary shares her favourite Easter recipes. She discovers how the Greek Orthodox community break the Lenten fast with tsoureki bread and takes a look at Filipino and Italian Easter specialities. Mary also spends a day with the Archbishop of York, cooking up a storm in his kitchen.


Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.2 2016
Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.2 2016

Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.1 2016



   Mary shares her favourite Easter recipes, such as hot cross buns, simnel cake and roast lamb, and takes a look at how Christian communities all over the world celebrate Easter with special food.
In this episode, Mary discovers the diverse traditions followed by British families and communities during Lent and Good Friday.

Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.1 2016
Mary Berry's Easter Feast Ep.1 2016

Mary Berry Cooks Ep.3 Sunday Lunch


Mary Berry takes us step by step through recipes for everyday and special occasions. Mary's trademark approach to home cooking shines through in every recipe. She uses easy-to-buy ingredients, keeps her instruction straightforward and instinctively knows what sort of food we like to eat at home. Her reliable and trusted recipes work every time.

Mary Berry Cooks Ep.3 Sunday Lunch
Mary Berry Cooks Ep.3 Sunday Lunch 

  In the third episode of the series, Mary is back in her kitchen to cook her favourite meal, Sunday lunch. Three generations of her family are sitting down together to enjoy Mary's wonderful food. The star of the show is slow-roast shoulder of lamb with rosemary and paprika rub, served with potato and fennel gratin.

For pudding, Mary serves plum tarte tatin and a delicious fruit salad. All the Sunday lunch recipes can be prepared in advance, even yorkshire puddings, making for a relaxed and informal family get-together.

Beechgrove Garden ep.4 2015



  In the Beechgrove Garden Jim is plants 'heirloom vegetables' to compare performance with contemporary interlopers.
In the first of several monthly visits to Scone Palace garden, head gardener Brian Cunningham unveils his plans for a tribute to local plant hunter David Douglas.


Beechgrove Garden ep.4 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.4 2015

When Euan and Jenny Maclean moved into their new build house in Linlithgow it was the house of their dreams. Over the course of this series, Chris is going to guide the new to gardening couple to turn a nightmare of a space into a garden to match their dream home.

Simply Nigella ep. 1 2015



Relaxed, inspiring and as mouthwatering as ever, Nigella Lawson's latest series Simply Nigella shows us that what and how we cook really can make us feel better and more alive. In this first episode, Nigella introduces us to recipes that are quick and calm.

simply nigella
Simply Nigella ep. 1 2015

There is Nigella's favourite breakfast - a twist on avocado toast with radishes - as well as a deliciously different Thai noodle dish with cinnamon and prawns that was inspired by a recent holiday to Thailand, and a laid-back family supper of luscious lamb ribs with nigella and cumin seeds, served with a feta and avocado salad. To help wind down at the end of a hectic day, there's some stove-side pottering with Nigella's warm spiced cauliflower and chickpea salad. And a sweet treat comes in the form of a beautifully simple apricot almond cake.

Beechgrove Garden ep.3 2015


You will certainly have your five a day with Beechgrove this week. Jim is testing temperatures and hoping to sow early broad beans while Carole and Chris take a look at the fruits of their labours from last year with their containerised peaches.


Beechgrove Garden ep.3 2015


Staying small, George is in the fruit cage planting a new mini orchard. Hoping to prove that the fruit of your own labours is the sweetest, Jim is helping Carol Cocker in Inverurie to learn how to grow her own for the first time. Jim is like a child in a tree sweet shop as he visits an awesome arboretum in Kippen.

Beechgrove Garden ep.2 2015


In the Beechgrove Garden Chris dons his safety gear and whips off 50 shades of green (conifers) in a chainsaw-pruning frenzy. Meanwhile, in a much more sedate fashion George starts off a bite-size project to see how productive he can be in just one square metre of space.

Beechgrove Garden ep.2 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.2 2015


And keeping it small, Jim and Carole return to their neighbouring greenhouses to start growing. Carole also makes her first visit to Aileen Snowden's garden in Newport-on- Tay. Aileen and family moved to their new home from a flat and have never had a garden before. The garden is mature and overgrown and Aileen doesn't know where to start. Carole will work with Aileen throughout the season to tame and claim and love the plot she's got.

Gardeners World ep.3 2016


  As part of his planning for summer, Monty begins to sow annual climbers and gets started on tidying and mulching his borders.

 
Gardeners World ep.3 2016
Gardeners World ep.3 2016

  In the last of Joe Swift's series on trees, he learns how and when to prune them, and why.



 We meet clematis enthusiast Mike Brown, whose collection fills his garden with colour all summer long, and amongst the brutalist architecture of London's Barbican, Nick Bailey, head gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden, discovers a hidden tropical oasis.

Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2015


In the Beechgrove Garden Chris dons his safety gear and whips off 50 shades of green (conifers) in a chainsaw-pruning frenzy. Meanwhile, in a much more sedate fashion George starts off a bite-size project to see how productive he can be in just one square metre of space.

Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2015


And keeping it small, Jim and Carole return to their neighbouring greenhouses to start growing. Carole also makes her first visit to Aileen Snowden's garden in Newport-on- Tay. Aileen and family moved to their new home from a flat and have never had a garden before. The garden is mature and overgrown and Aileen doesn't know where to start. Carole will work with Aileen throughout the season to tame and claim and love the plot she's got.

Mary Berry Cooks Ep.2 A Dinner Party


    Mary Berry is in her kitchen at home cooking her favourite food. With her trademark warmth and common sense, she takes viewers step by step through delicious recipes for everyday and special occasions.
    In this series Mary reveals foolproof dishes for Sunday lunch, afternoon tea and weekday suppers. Plus she shares impressive but surprisingly easy recipes for parties and celebrations when there are more mouths to feed. In her calm and capable hands, cooking for guests has never been simpler.
In this episode Mary shows how to cook dishes to impress guests at a dinner party without getting hot and bothered in the kitchen. These include two delicious canap├ęs, a salmon and asparagus starter, a main course of guinea fowl and a decadent chocolate tart for pudding. Mary even has a trick for cooking steak ahead of time which guarantees perfect results.

Mary Berry Cooks Ep.2 A Dinner Party
Mary Berry Cooks Ep.2 A Dinner Party 

Gardeners World ep.19 2015


Carol Klein continues her journey across the nation in search of amazing plant combinations. In this episode, she is at Logan Botanic Garden near Stranraer, famed for its colourful, exotic borders. Joe Swift drops in on a street in Bristol as the residents prepare to be judged by RHS Britain in Bloom. And Monty Don shares a wealth of ideas on how to keep your garden looking top-notch all summer long.

Gardeners World ep.2 2016


   As the gardening year gets underway at Longmeadow, Monty is tidying up his ornamental grass border, pruning roses and planning for summer scent.Joe Swift continues his series on trees when he gives tips on how to plant a tree for future success.



Rachel de Thame follows a fragrant trail and explains how even the tiniest of flowers pack a punch in the perfume stakes.
And, in the first of several visits, we join the head gardener of Britain's most famous garden at Sissinghurst as he sets out his plans to restore it to its original vision.

Gardeners World ep.2 2016
Gardeners World ep.2 2016
Growing lilies in pots
Lilies can be grown in the ground, but on heavy, clay soils have a tendency to rot. Underground slugs can be a major problem too. One solution is to grow them in cheap plastic pots which you can then sink into the border at a later date. The alternative is to plant them in something more decorative on the patio. Whichever sort of pot you choose, it needs to be deep.

Mary Berry Cooks ep.1 Afternoon Tea


  Mary Berry is in her kitchen at home cooking her favourite food. With her trademark warmth and common sense, she takes viewers step by step through delicious recipes for everyday and special occasions.
In this series Mary reveals foolproof dishes for Sunday lunch, afternoon tea and weekday suppers. Plus she shares impressive but surprisingly easy recipes for parties and celebrations when there are more mouths to feed. In her calm and capable hands, cooking for guests has never been simpler.

Mary Berry Cooks ep.1 Afternoon Tea
Mary Berry Cooks ep.1 Afternoon Tea
  In the opening episode, Mary shows how to host a traditional tea party without any fuss. She shares a clever trick for making sandwiches in advance. She bakes bite-sized scones for a cream tea, and her granddaughters help her make orange butterfly cakes. Mary also visits Britain's only tea plantation in Cornwall to find out how tea is grown.

Gardeners World ep.1 2016


Spring is nearly upon us and Gardeners' World is back with a new series. As usual, Monty Don is at Longmeadow where he sets out his plans for the coming year. This week, Monty reviews the effects the winter weather has had on his garden.
Gardeners World ep.1 2016
Gardeners World ep.1 2016

Carol Klein visits a Welsh hillside garden and delves into the botany of bulbs with a couple who have used a scientific approach to plant their garden with the earliest of spring flowers.



It is the perfect time of year to plant trees and Joe Swift gives us his guide to choosing the best ones for our gardens. And there is a glimmer of hope for gardeners who have had to cope with copious amounts of rainfall this year when we visit a garden which, last year, was brought back from the brink of destruction with spectacular results

Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking – Episode 6


Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking – Episode 6In the final episode of the series, Mary showcases her dishes that are perfect for a party. Sometimes cooking for a crowd can be very daunting, but Mary loves sharing her ideas that are fun, different and don't take forever to prepare. First up is a Thai chicken curry, perfect for a party and all people need is a fork and a bowl. Mary loves a classic dish, and what better way to showcase this than with her ham hock terrine.A visit to the Isle of Wight sees Mary taste some different varieties of tomato, before she returns to the kitchen to whip up a tomato salad with whipped goat's cheese. Finally for something a bit different for a party, a salmon and herb coulibiac, and for something more traditional, a show-stopping summer party gateau.
Posted by Adi Georgescu on Friday, 11 March 2016