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Mandy Watson

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

Rosehip syrup

Wartime 'Hedgerow Harvest' Rosehips contain 20 times the amount of Vitamin C as oranges, so during the Second World War, when citrus fruit was virtually unobtainable,...

Wartime toffee

Jaw-breaking sweets Toffee always reminds me of autumn, especially Halloween and Bonfire Night. Here are two recipes from my Mam's schooldays in the early 1950s,...

Blackcurrant and red berry recipes

Grown-up Ribena and cake More uses for blackcurrants and berries. One of them certainly isn't Ribena. In fact, they all go surprisingly well with vodka. Blackcurrant...

Banana cakes

Using up over-ripe bananas OK, my bananas haven't fruited yet, but this recipe and its alternatives have saved me so much money, it's worth passing...

Soda bread

Loaf was my grandmother's pride Before sourdough bread and all its rustic variants became fashionable (and pricey), ordinary working-class housewives had to make do and...

Nelly Yeoman’s pickle

Classic home-made condiment This recipe, echoing that 1970s classic Pan-Yan Pickle, was contributed by Bev Glover, of Hartlepool, as taught to her by her gran...

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