Cooking

Growing your own vegetables is both very satisfying and often very frustrating. Satisfying because your own produce always tastes better, frustrating because sometimes no matter how hard you try things sometimes just don’t work out. One of the biggest challenges are what to do with an unexpected glut or what to do with a new success. So here I have gathered a variety of posts on things related to cooking etc. using our allotment produce.

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 Autumn Cookbook

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

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

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. ...