creamy mushrooms on a ciabatta bun

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 26, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Yesterday (june 25th) I saw something similar being cooked up by Mary Berry, but a much more posh version ;-) My version is easier on the wallet and I also snuck in some peas for the color and taste of course. Serves 2: 1 ciabatta bun or other rustic bread 125-150grams of button mushrooms 2-cloves of garlic 100grams of (frozen) peas 1 onion halved and sliced 150grams of smoked bacon lardons Butter for the pan 1 tablespoon of (frozen) parsley, chopped 100ml of cooking cream or double cream Salt pepper and paprika powder Chilli pepper, whole     Method: Melt butter in a pan and add the onions and garlic, leave to soften. When translucent add the paprika powder, and pepper and chilli, hold the salt until the end. Add

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Pesto Pasta

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 25, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This week I've harvested a lot of green veggies, so what do you do with them? you add green pesto and maybe green pasta, but I didn't have any ;-)   Serves 4: 400grams of dried pasta, any shape 2 table spoons of pesto ½ table spoon Lemon juice 1 tablespoon of (olive) oil Range of harvested veggies, or shop bought of course I used : Peas Haricot verts 1 green pepper chopped 1 chilli pepper (red) chopped ½ cucumber halved, deseeded and sliced 3-4 cloves of (fresh) garlic, pressed Salt and pepper to taste   Method: Bring two pans with salted water to the boil, when the water boils, blanch the haricot verts and peas in one pan and cook the pasta in the other pan. Meanwhile in a bowl mix pesto, oil and lemonjuice to ma

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quick beef stir fry with gardenpeas and basil

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 20, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Serves 4: 2 tablespoons of sunflower or peanutoil 400grams think steak “ribbons” 1 red pepper 2 tablespoons of oystersauce Handful of basil leaves 1 clove of garlic 100grams rice 200grams of (frozen) peas Salt   Method: Bring salted water with the rice to the boil, when the water is boiling add the peas and bring back to the boil until rice and peas are cooked, drain and cover, set aside. Meanwhile cut the steaks into thin strips, dice the pepper and the garlic finely. Heat oil in a wok, add the garlic and pepper en stir to colour (not burn) then add the steak, just to turn colour. Add the oystersauce and let thicken slightly.. Serve the meat with the rice, decorate with the basil   Tips: I find oystersa

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Carrot slaw

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 16, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Serves 4: 4 or 400grams of big carrots 100grams raisins 2 apples or 250grams Salt and pepper (sunflower) oil Lemon juice 1 teaspoon mustard (optional)   Method: Soak the raisins in hot water. Peel the carrots and apples, then grate them roughly. Make a dressing with the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper and if you like the mustard. Drain the raisins. In a bowl add the carrots, apple, raisins and the dressing.     Recipe and photos Gardeninglady Per portion appr. 174kcal  

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Cauliflower salad.

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 10, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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With the summer in full swing, a nice cold salad is a welcome addition to any dinner. This cauliflower salad, is perfect to make in advance as the cauliflower will soak up more of the flavours in the dressing.   Serves 4: 50grams raisins 50ml red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons (olive) oil 1teaspoon sugar (or more if  desired) Salt and pepper 1 cauliflower cut into florets 1 red onion halved and sliced 2stalks of celery, diced Handful of chopped parsley Method: Put raisins, vinegar and the sugar in a saucepan, heat the vinegar until the sugar is dissolved. Taste if it needs more sugar, let cool Cook the cauliflower in salted water, drain when cooked. Tinse under cold water. With a whisk add the oil tot he vinegar and raisins, season with

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Chicory salad with fruit

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 28, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment 1 Comment
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Se rves 4: 3 chicory stalks (how you call them? Cobs? I don’t know) 1 or 2 bananas sliced 1 handfull of raisins, soaked and drained 200gram can of pinapple, diced 200gram can of mixed fruit 1 appel, diced 3-4 tablespoons of Mayonaise, (can be a mix of yoghurt and normal) 2 cloves of garlic Lemon juice Salt, pepper and paprika   Method: In a bowl add the mayonaise  with salt, pepper and paprika, garlic and a little lemonjuice, taste if you need more lemon juice Add the bananas, raisins, mixed well to coat the bananas, add Apple and the fruit. Add the sliced chicory and if needed an extra dollop of mayo. If you want it a bit more spicey add some cayenne pepper.   Recipe, photos Gardeninglady

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The 2nd weekend in April 2016

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender April 16, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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                              Well the second weekend in April is now over and now is the time I think for a quick look back. Sunday had me sowing a few flower seeds and I also purchased 2 blueberry saplings to plant out in pots later next week once I obtain enough ericaceous compost to fill two large pots . It would seem that this year I've sown more tomato seeds than usual some of which I've imported from America because they have long been extinct in Britain . I've spent several evenings pricking out tomato and pepper seedling with still more seedlings to be pricked out in to individual pots but has the evenings are still bringing frosts I'm limited o

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Homemade Satay sauce or peanut sauce

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 11, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Needed: 2 cans of coconut milk (400ml) 2 small onions, chopped finely 2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 1 chilli, whole dried or fresh 2 teaspoons each of: ground ginger, cumin and coriander 1 teaspoon of shrimp paste 300grams of peanut butter (any kind, smooth or chunky, mine is somewhere in between) 1 cap of rice wine or dry sherry (1 tablespoon) Hot sauce or  sambal to taste Appr 50ml of dark soy sauce (ketjap manis is sweet) Oil for the pan       Method: Heat the oil in a pan with a thick bottom and add the onions and garlic (and ginger if you’re suing fresh), let them soften for a minute or two. Then add the spiced and cook a further 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the rice wine.

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White bean stew (my take on: franks and beans)

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 9, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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  Serves 4: 1 big can of white beans in tomato sauce (800grams) 2 stalks of celery,  peeled and diced 1 big carrot, peeled and diced 2-3 floury potatoes, peeled and diced 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 1 small can of tomato pure or 2 table spoons 500 grams of Frankfurters or other big hotdogs, I used a smoked one, but any is fine, sliced 1 litre of beef or chicken broth Oil for the pan Salt and pepper     Method: Heat the oil in a deep pan and add the onion, on low heat let the onions soften, then add the celery, garlic and carrot and continue to soften. Add the potatoes and the tomato pure, let cook for 2 minutes. Then add the sausage and  broth. I added the bean at this sta

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Getting to grips with the plot over Easter 2016

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender April 6, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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It's been quite a while since I last updated my activities on plot 44 and that has been due to a whole range of issues that allotmenteers deal with from time to time - life . My grown up children are now studying in London & Liverpool , the dog has recovered from last year's spinal injury but still needs to lose weight . Allotment wise I've spent quite a bit more time than I would have liked on setting up a proper association on the site and for my sins ended up as chairperson this year . I've been sowing seeds since the start of February whilst also getting my plot back on track . There's still a long list of improvements/repairs that I would like to complete and I have been steadily carrying out improvements since the beginning of March replacing the fence and I've even managed to c

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