Category: Cooking

Nigella's Mexican Inspired Lasagne

Making a Mexican Lasagne with the last of the sweetcorn

Well it was back from the allotment with the last of the sweetcorn which to be honest wasn’t looking its best so what to do with it?  After getting out the recipe books and flicking through we hit on Nigella’s Mexican inspired lasagne and wow it is really good and so easy.

Potato on pizza is a match made in heaven

We were looking for something different to do with the last of the new potatoes when a recipe that used potatoes as pizza topping floated into vision. Potatoes… on top of pizza… really who on earth would come up with that?  Ah, of course those wonderful people who invented pizza!  So if you like pizza then you really must try Pizza con Patate.

Charred cauliflower, lemon & caper orzo

What on earth can you do with a Cauliflower in the height of summer?

It was going to be a seriously hot day and a quick spin around the allotment to sort the watering resulted in a neighbour offering us a lovely cauliflower because… they had lots spare… as you do… in July. Ask most people what they would do with a cauli at anytime and I am sure it is going to involve cheese or being boiled to within an inch of its life as a side veg. So in the height summer this might be a challenge, fortunately there is a wonderful charred cauliflower, lemon, caper and orzo recipe that might make you think differently.

Gooseberry and Elderflower Muffins

Gooseberry and Elderflower Muffins

That sharp sour crunch of the first gooseberries of the year from the allotment is now a distant memory (ah, a shame) however as the gooseberry season starts to draw to a close there is still time to do something just a bit different, thanks to Delia Smith, with the last of the fruits and you won’t be disappointed.

The Roasting Tin: Simple One Dish Dinners

The Autumn Cookbook

One of the great things about autumn is you have (if lucky) a wonderful spread of produce but absolutely no idea of what to do with it all. At the moment, I can’t walk around the house without bumping into a butternut squash or finding a bunch of tomatoes hanging out.  So I thought I might share three really simple things we have done with our harvest.

Chocolate courgette loaf cake

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

You know that you have a glut of courgettes when friends don’t answer the door and fellow allotment holders suddenly remember urgent dentists appointments.  However a glut of anything means you have to get a bit creative.  So, should you find yourself with courgette and the need for a lovely moist chocolate cake then the Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake is the answer to your (and my) prayers.

Leek & Goat's Cheese Crêpes

Leek & Goat’s Cheese Crêpes

The last of the leeks had been sat outside by the kitchen door for a few weeks and really needed using if only to make a bit of room.  A visit to our well stocked recipe library came up with the suggestion of Leek & Goat’s Cheese Crêpes but enthusiasm wasn’t high.  However we were wrong and if you have a few leeks kicking around you must try this – simple and quick to prepare and cook and really rather wonderful.

Leek, thyme and lemon stuffing

Leek, thyme and lemon stuffing

The Christmas Dinner table needed a quick and simple stuffing to bolster things and we settled on an leek , thyme and lemon stuffing adapted from a leek and sage stuffing recipe.

Mr B's Damson Jam - August 2018

Mr B’s Damson Jam

Along the edge of the allotments are a couple of damson trees which always have a mass of fruits on them. What to do with this free bounty? Jam of course!

Gnocchi with courgette, mascarpone & spring onions

Gnocchi with courgette, mascarpone & spring onions

As is usual at this time of year, no matter how hard you try, at the allotments courgettes are plenty.  In fact I am sure there is a Read More

Homemade Redcurrant Cordial

The redcurrants were ready for picking at the beginning of July but space in the freezer was already running low so what to do with all those redcurrants? As it was another hot afternoon I thought we should have a bash at making some redcurrant cordial.