We are Nik Devlin and Edwina fitzPatrick. Since 1998, we've been cooking together and this is our food archive. Some recipes we’ve invented, some are inherited, others are adapted and evolved from existing publications. Many thanks are due to friends who have passed on recipes (you do get credited!), and to Crystal Palace Library in South London - now sadly closed, thanks to Tory austerity and two councils who don't think public libraries are important - which use to have an excellent food reference section too (See the bookshelf section for some of our favourite cookery books). 

We are also interested in growing as much food as we can in our small garden. A combination of slugs, pigeons, squirrels and wind made us realise that for many crops (eg. tomatoes, brassicas, herbs, kohl rabbi etc etc) this wasn't going to happen unless we built a greenhouse, so we built two.

Another passion of ours is beekeeping, so we dedicated the garden to growing fruit, and bee-friendly plants. We've had bee hives in our garden since 2010, and it's been quite a learning curve. The one thing we know for sure is that the more that you learn about working with bees, the less you know, and that the bees usually know best. We don't keep bees for the honey - it is a bonus - but in past years they have produced a very good harvest of superb honey which we sold through Crystal Palace Food Market, part of the Transition Town movement.