French onion soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 24, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Have you harvested your onions yet? and your garlic? here's a delicious recipe to take advantage of your fresh produce!For about 8 bowls:1 kilo onions halved, then slices (crescent shape)2-3 cloves of garlic3-4 twigs of thyme or 4 theaspoons2 liters of beefstock (from cubes is fine)Salt and pepper to taste75grams of butter1 chilli pepper (optional)½ tablespoon of Brown sugar (optional) Method:Melt the butter in a large pan on the lowest heat, so it melts but doesn’t Brown, add the onions, garlic and thyme, season to tate, add chillipepper is using.Cover with lid and let caramelize on lowest heat, they will also soften and Brown.This will take quite long, as much as 1 hour, but it’s worth it!Keep checking is the p

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Aubergine and courgette “cordon bleu” or “sandwiches”

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 21, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 4:1-2 aubergines (16 slices) or use both aubergine and courgette2 eggsFlour as  neededBreadcrumbs as needed(sunflower) oil for fryingSal and pepper1 lemonOptional:Basil leavesHam slicesThin Mozzarella slices or other melting cheese Method:Wash the vegetables and cut 0,5cm thick slices ,  sprinkle the slices with salt and leave to drain in a colander fora bout 30 minutes, then pat them dry with kitchen towel.In 3 seperate bowls prepare the flour (seasoned), the eggs (beaten) and the breadcrumbs (seasoned).Cover each slice of aubergine or courgette with ham and cheese, then cover with another slice of aubergine or courgette and secure with a toothpickCover eacht “sandwich”with flour, then eg

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Fennel, broccoli, sausage pasta

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 17, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 4-5:500gram of pasta1 head of broccoli, cut small1 head of fennel, sliced2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely1 onion, halved and sliced4 italian sausage, casing removed cut into 2 cm pieces.4 tablespoons of Grana Pardano or Parmesan cheese125ml of white wine250ml of cooking or double cream2 tablespoons of  (olive) oil1 chilli pepper or flakessalt and pepper Method:heat oil in a pan with a lid, add garlic onions and chillipeppers, cover and let soften on low heat.meanwhile slice the fennel and add to the onion. season to taste and then cover again.bring a pot of water to the boil, salt it and add the pasta al dente (2 minutes before done), add the broccoli and cook another 2 minutes.reserve some water

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German roulade

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 14, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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For two:2 pieces of thin beef flank steak2-3 onions, halved then sliced2 cloves of garlic, crushedbacon or pancetta, enough to cover the flanksteaks, mine are round I used 6 for the two, you might need more for stripsmustardpepper,salt, paprika powder,100ml red wine500ml beef stock2 tablespoons of (sun flower) oil or butter1 gherkin, quartered lengthwise method:heat oil in a pan with a lid.add onions (reserve some) and garlic and let soften and colour slightly on low heat whilst  the lid is on.put the flank steaks between clingfilm and bash them as flat as you can.then spread mustard on each piece of meat and cover with the bacon or pancetta, chorizo would also be nice.spread over entire surface some o

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Broadbeans, peas and broccoli salad

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 10, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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yes a salad!Double podded broadbeans get cold so quickly anyway when you're peeling them, and with this heat it's just another great way to use up some produce.For the dressing:2 tablespoons of pesto from a jar (or freshly made if you prefer)2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice1 tablespoons of (olive) oilsalt and pepepr to taste. for the salad:podded peasbroadbeans podded1 head of broccoli in small florets method:bring salted water to the boil.when the water boils, put in your broccoli and  boil for 5 minutes, then add the peas and cook for another minute.take out with a slotted spoon and run under cold water to stop the veggies from cooking.bring water back to the boil and boil the broadbeans for about 10 minutes

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Apple roses

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender July 10, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 For 6:1 apple with red skin6 small sheets of butter puff pastry or one big sheet1-2 tablesp poons of apricot jamsugarcinnamomlemon juicebutterto serve:custard and powdered sugar Method:mix sugar and cinnamon (quatties to taste) to make cinnamom sugar.rub muffin trays with butter and dust with the cinnamom sugar.Dilute apricot jam with a drop of water.cut apples in half and remove pips (i used amelon baller)cut as thinly as you can, then place in a bowl with water and a squirt of lemon juice.Microwave the bowl with apples for about 4 minutes or until the apples are just limp, I use a 900watt microwave and it took 4 minutes, adjust according to your machine.Preheat oven to 230degrees CC

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BBQs and Lazy Days

PersonAuthor: Funky FroggitCalender July 1, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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As the days are now getting considerably warmer, it is time for BBQs and Lazy days. Kicking back and enjoying your gardens, watching the Bees go about their business, the ladybugs help clean your beans of greenfly and hopefully, await the arrival of a hedgehog or two for the nightly slug patrol!As we indulge for a moment, why not throw the slow cooker on and add some luxurious homemade pulled pork to your BBQ menu? It is so simple to make and you probably already have some if not all, of the ingredients in your cupboard already! Here is my take the American Pulled Pork.Pulled Pork in a Crock PotIngredients 3 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepper ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon dried thyme ½ cup honey ¼ cup re

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The Eden Way Gardening from The Allotment Shed

PersonAuthor: Lajos SzaboCalender June 29, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOJ6Xkg-KH8

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Pineapple with crumble topping

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender June 27, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 For the crumble:240grams of flour120grams of sugar120 grams of cold butter, cubed you'll also need a pineappleand  about 250gram tub Greek yoghurt or other thick yoghurt or ice cream serves 4: the crumble might stretch a bit further though ;-)preheat oven at 180degrees Cput  flour, sugar and butter in a bowl and lightly rub the butter into the flour and sugar.do this quickly before butter melts too  much and leave bigger clumps as they make the best crumble bits.spread  mixture out on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, but keep your eyes on it! turn mixtures if it doesn't colour evenly. let cool.clean the pineapple, you could do slices like i've done or split it lengthw

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Andalusian-style chicken

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender June 20, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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I've tweeked the recipe slightly, used red wine as my sherry vinegar bottle is empty and added paprika and tomato paste because I felt it needed it.Serves 4Ingredientslarge pinch of saffron½ chicken stock cube, crumbled into 100ml boiling water2 tbsp olive oil1 small onion, thinly sliced2 large chicken breasts or 6 boneless, skinless thighs, cut into bite-sized pieceslarge pinch of ground cinnamon1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped2 tbsp sherry vinegar (i’ve used red wine)1 tbsp clear honey6 cherry tomatoes, quartered1 tbsp raisinshandful of coriander, roughly chopped25g toasted pine nuts or almondsOptional: some tomato paste for colorOptional: paprika powder to tastecrusty bread, to serve  

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