Ribollita

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 18, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 4:1 onion chopped1 stalk of celery, sliced250gram  carrot, sliced2 cloves of garlic, minced400grams can of chopped tomatoes (or fresh)1 liter of chicken stock ( from a cube is fine)400grams can of white beans,  rinsed and drainedCrusty white bread4 tablespoons (olive) oilSalt and pepper4 small sausages ( chipolata)   Method: Heat the oven at 200degrees Celsius. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil with the minced garlic, season to tatse. Rub the slices of bread with this oil. Bake in the oven until crisp and golden. Set aside. Heat the rest of the oil in a large pan. Add the sausages and brown them. Add the vegetables and let soften with lid on pan until soft (about 10  minu

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Creamy Pesto Chicken

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 18, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 4-6:1 kilo of chicken filets, cubed1 pot of pesto2-3 tablespoons of (olive) oil2-3 cloves of garlic500ml cream (for cooking)1 Chillie pepper (optional)Salt and pepper1 stalk of celery,  diced1 carrot, diced1 onion, diced100grams of pine nuts for decorating (optional), toasted Method:Mix the chicken with the pesto, if needed  thin the pesto with some oil.Set aside as long as you can to marinate.In a pan heat oil, put in the vegetables and chilli pepper is using, season to taste.Let simmer for about 5 minutes until the vegetables have soften.Add the cream and the chicken, heat chicken until cooked (about 10 minutes).Serve with potatoes, rice or pasta. Recipe and photos Gardenin

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Will I See In The Dark?

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Growing carrots is easier than some people think, and growing them in containers is not impossible. In fact you can now buy carrot seeds that are specific to container growing because they are short and stumpy but wider than your average ‘ground grown’ carrots.The most important thing to remember with any root vegetable is that they hate being moved, because of this you should never start any rooties in one place, and then move to another when they get bigger. Where you sow, is where you will grow.Soil. Carrots like a sandy soil so that they can move easily in their ‘home’ while they are growing. They, like other rooties, are also thirsty all the time. The best way to check if your little ones need watering is to dip your finger into the soil (away from the veggies) to abou

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8th March to 11th April 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender April 11, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Firstly my apologies for not updating my progress sooner . My last update went up to Saturday March 7th and I have actually managed to spend some time on the plot since then despite a two week holiday to France and Belgium where I found seed prices to be dearer than in Blighty and time out looking for an apartment in London for my eldest whilst she's on work placement . So with all that out of the way and some horrible (and nice) weather to continue it is surprising I've managed to do much. In my last update I mentioned that we could only burn green waste if we had a wood burning stove installed in our sheds well I am pleased to say that that the stove I purchased way back in the spring of 2012 is finally installed in my shed - better late than never I guess!Back in March I dug bean

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Crepes filled with spinach and salmon

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 11, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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you can make these slightly ahead and keep warm on a low oven (90degrees) or serve immediately.for 16 crepes:16 ready made crepes150 grams of button mushrooms, sliced1 big onion, sliced1 bell pepers, chopped1 kilo of spinach leaves (fresh or frozen)2-3 cloves of garlic400grams  of feta, crumbled200grams of Salmon (frozen), defrosted and flakes100 grams of cod (frozen), defrosted and flake (optional I had it and wanted to bulk up the fish content)100grams on pinenutes (roasted in a dry pan)50m  of creamsalt and pepper(sunflower) oil for the pan. method:Warm oven if preparing ahead.  Heat oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and let soften for about 10 minutes with lid on pan.Add th

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Morroccan spiced (cottage) pie

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender March 27, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Inspired by the all British cottage pie, with a little Shepherd's pie and a whole lot of Moroccan spices.Original recipe is from BBC Good Food adapted and cooke by me ;-). Serves 4-6 people:1 tbsp olive oil1 large onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, chopped1 carrot, chopped1 leek, chopped1 stalk of celery ,chopped1(yellow) pepper choppedpinch of cayenne pepper1tsp cardamom (powder)1tsp cloves (powder)2 tsp cinnamon (powder)500g beef mince2 tbsp tomato puree (or small can)500ml beef or chicken stock1kg potatoes400g can chickpeas75g butter3 tsp ras el-hanout1tsp oregano1tsp marjoram1tsp celery leaf (dried spices)4tbsp raisins200g frozen peassmall pack parsley, chopped1tbsp sasa

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chilli and pepper seedlings 14th March 2015

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender March 14, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Most were sown on the 10th of January 2015 some on the 19th. Some are doing great and are even starting to make flowers already.I was tempted to start hardening them off and taking them to the greenhouse. I did that with my hardy Fucshia and it did well for 2 days and then they died, so sad.I'm also running out of space fast. So I'm indecided if I should pot them up or see how they do over the next month. End of April should be fine, still a risk, but hey you only live once, right? ;-)I've also sown some tomatoes on the 3rd of march and they're doing well.

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22nd February to 7th March 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender March 12, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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This last fortnight has been spent tidying the beds at the allotment and drawing up a major 'to do' list as I have had a few improvements that have been sidelined for over a year now . Removing weeds has been a priority as well as warming up beds under sheets of plastic ready for early potatoes to go next week. This time of year allows me to check on how well last year's weeds have rotted down . Because we are unable to burn our garden waste (apart from if we have a log burning stove installed in the shed which I must confess that is a task that I still have outstanding .) and I don't have a green wheelie bin in which the local council collects garden rubbish in , everything generated on the allotment that is not going to be consumed goes back in to improving the soil . I put all my weeds

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Busy Weekend Tree Hugging

PersonAuthor: MarkCalender March 8, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Well Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with amazing blue sky. The wind was a little troublesome but i love to make the most of any sunshine we get. Braving the situation of a ladder, i am petrified of ladders, not so much the height just the actual ladders, they wobble around so much and i never feel as though my feet are firmly planted to some thing at least stable. Like the floor. Anyway one rather large silver birch tree now logged up for fire wood.       Yes i am the one cleverly disguised as a koala bear clinging on to the tree, ladder and anything else that was not swaying around in the wind.       Now all logged up ready for next winters f

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minced meat pastry

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender March 8, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 510 sheets of all butter puff pastry (10x10cm or cout a big sheet down)500grams of beef minced meat1 carrot1 stick of celery1 leek1 onon2-3 cloves of garlic100grams of smoked bacon lardons(olive) oil for the pan1 eggSalt and pepper, sweet paprika powder1 chilli pepper How:Heat oil in the pan, put in the bacon and Brown, then add the minced meat and Brown and crumble this as well.Meanwhile clean all vegetables and cut into 2-3cm pieces, put all vegetables, garlic  and chilli pepper  in a food processor and chop till very fine.Take out meat from pan, add a bit more oil if neccessary and then soften the vegetables fora bout 5 minutes.Return meat to the pan, season with salt and pepper and  papri

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