Broad Bean Stew

Spring is definitely on its way. The days are getting longer and milder, blossom is out, daffodils fill the grass verges, I am about to become another year older and I have planted this year’s crop of broad beans. So it must be time I used up the remains of last year’s crop, carefully podded,…

Courgette and Cheese Tart with Beetroot and Bulgur Wheat Salad

I’ve always struggled to build the right kind of relationship with courgettes. They are so easy to grow provided you have sufficient space. However some late summer they produce so many that it becomes a struggle knowing quite what to do with them all. On a good day I can pick 6 to 8 of…

Bean and Vegetable Lasagne (without the Lasagne)

OK so maybe it’s not really a lasagne as it doesn’t contain and pasta, but it’s just as tasty and, being low in wheat and carbs, it’s kind of healthy depending on how much cheese you put into your sauce. Earlier in the year I thought it would be a good idea to plant some…

A cake for late summer

I’m not one for cakes, but having had a bumper crop of raspberries this year I am running out of ideas. I’ve got jars and jars of jam, litres of raspberry vodka waiting patiently for Christmas to arrive and a freezer full of whole raspberries and coulis. This is a very simple sponge recipe –…

Crispy Cavalo Nero

The allotment is a little bare during the winter months. Only Brussels Sprouts and Cavalo Nero remain. Bored of bubble & squeak, and soups I thought I’d try the Cavalo Nero deep fried which concentrates the flavour whilst retaining the beautiful dark green colour. Cavalo Nero is packed full of vitamins A, C, E and…

Spaghetti With Pea and Broad Bean Pesto

It’s pea and broad bean season on the allotment (but you can use frozen if you don’t grow your own). Serves 4 100g shelled peas 100g shelled broad beans 1 small leek 1 clove garlic – finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil juice of half a lemon a small block of parmesan – about 100g…

Borlotti Beans with Spring Greens and Grilled Cheese

The weather may be summer like but the end of my borlotti beans on the allotment tells me it’s definitely autumn and time to start clearing and preparing the plot for the colder, shorter days. Borlottis are the only beans I grow now. In fact they are one of the very few successes this year….

Risotto of Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Tallegio

Today’s Observer newspaper features some recipes from Nigel Slater for purple sprouting broccoli. I may be a little biased but I think this sounds nicer than either of his. So nice in fact that it all got eaten before I had a chance to take a photo. This makes enough for 3-4 people 2 tablespoons…

Pasta with Garlic, Chili and Purple Sprouting

After a long, cold and often wet winter it was such a pick-me-up to see the small purple heads of purple sprouting broccoli peeping their way through the leaves and protective netting down on the allotment. In a year that began with a drought and ended in being one of the wettest on record I…

Kohlrabi Salad

Start hunting around for recipes using kohlrabi and you will no doubt stumble across references to how ugly this less well known brassica is. I find this a little harsh and there is something quite beautiful about them with their purple skin and sprouting leaves, sitting atop the soil on the allotment. They certainly confused…

Puy Lentil and Roasted Beetroot Salad

The allotment is a sorry sight this time of year. A few cabbages sitting amongst the weeds seem to be keeping the mice fed through the long nights and the purple sprouting is a favourite for the pigeons. I did however manage to salvage the last of the beetroot before the slugs got to them….