Chermoula spice mix

Person Author: Maaike Calender November 22, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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I made my own spice mix as I found loads of versions on the internet, and they vary greatly from region to region. I HATE coriander leaf, as to me it tastes like dishsoap, so I went towards the Maroccan style which uses dried parsley instead. I combined all kinds of spices I like from different recipes I found on the great wide web. You need: 2 tablespoons of  ground cumin 1 tablespoon of ground coriander (seeds are fine no soap taste ;-)  ) 1/2 teaspoon of chilli or cayenne pepper, or more if you like things hot 2 tablespoons of mild paprika 3/4 teaspoon of ginger powder (again the fresh stuff..urgh...ground up dried stuff...fine) 1 teaspoon of turmiric 1 tablespoon or dried parsley, could be fresh if yo use it immediately 1/4 teaspoon ground up cloves

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Maroccan style chicken

Person Author: Maaike Calender November 21, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Prep:10 minsCook:40 mins Easy Serves 2 Try Moroccan-style chicken for a special after-work supper that can be easily sized to suit your crowd Freezable Easily doubled Nutrition Kcalories 476 protein 31g carbs 11g  fat 35g saturates 8g fibre 2g Sugar 7g salt 1.74g   Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 2 chicken legs pieces 1 onion, sliced 1 lemon 1 garlic clove, crushed small knob ginger, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp chermoula spice mix 225ml chicken or vegetable stock (from a cube is fine) 1 tsp clear honey handful green olives chopped coriander, to serve   Method Place a large frying pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Lightly season the chicken and cook, skin side down, for about 5 mins on one sid

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Sprouts in orange juice with almonds

Person Author: Maaike Calender November 18, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Another sprout recipe aimed to people and especially children that nevee liked sprouts before. The orange juice takes away the bitterness and the crunchy almonds and sweet raisins are sure crowd pleasers   Serves 4: 750grams of sprouts, halved 75grams of butter 1 orange juiced ½ orange zest Salt and pepper 25-35grams of shaved almonds, toasted in a dry pan 50grams of raisins   Method: To  a pan add sprouts, juice and butter and the zest, cover and heat gently . Leave for 8-10 minutes or until sprouts are soft (depends on their size) Shake or stir pan once in a while to make sure nothing sticks. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle over the toasted almonds.   My tips: too much zest can make the dish bitter, I find halv

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Recipe: sprouts with raisins and pecan nuts

Person Author: Maaike Calender November 18, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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As Christmas  is approaching I thought a few, out of the ordinary, sprout recipes,  might be a good addition to any dinner table. This recipe is one of 2 aimed to please children, with sweet raisins and crunchy pecannuts. Serves 4: 500grams of sprouts 2oograms or 2 onions 100grams raisins 50grams of butter 20grams of pecan nuts Salt and pepper     Method: Bring salted water to the boil in a large pan, Put the raisins in a bowl and pour hot water over them so they can soak, once reconstituted pour off water and let drain, The hot water speeds up the process. Melt half the butter in a pan and put in the onions. Let them soften on a low heat, add salt and pepper to taste. Roast the pecan nuts in a dry pan until golden brown.

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Win the new Kitchen Garden Experts book and Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 29, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 25 Comments
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Win this new book and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 10/05/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what is your favourite veg to use in the kitchen. KITCHEN GARDEN EXPERTS TWENTY CELEBRATED CHEFS & THEIR HEAD GARDENERS by Cinead McTernan Photography by Jason Ingram Foreword by Raymond Blanc May 2014 Hardback | £20.00 Published by Frances Lincoln http://www.franceslincoln.com/ Kitchen Garden Experts features the chefs and gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés, focusing on how they produce the best fruit and vegetables to appear on their menus. With this book you can: • Explore the kitchens and gardens of twenty celebrated chefs, from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Co

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Is It Spring Yet ?

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender April 2, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This seems to be one of the most asked questions at the moment. We have had the Spring Equinox and the clocks went forward last weekend, but the cold weather is not behind us just yet! If your thinking of planting out anything that is not hardy, you will have to be prepared to protect them. We have a few nice days which make us think Spring has arrived, but be careful gardeners as I'm sure there will be a more than a few frosts to come. Off course a lot will depend on your location, I am up in North Yorkshire, just below the North York Moors. We are quite sheltered from winds coming from the North and East, but there is little to protect us from the South and West. We can get some ferocious South Westerly gales streaming down from the Pennines, and the winds can severely damage tend

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The new season has truly begun…

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender March 23, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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I've not been doing much on the blog side lately so here goes with some info on the last few months activities. I planted my garlic as normal in September in modules in the greenhouse but they were really very slow this year. I normally plant them out at the plot end of December but this year only in February and very small growth and root system. They seem to be growing well now. I am growing the garlic through weed fabric this year as my onions did really well last year and no weeding was required other than a few hand pulled weeds. Since I made my light grow box in January the seedlings have really been growing well. I eventually had to take the chillies and peppers out when I potted up the show onions.. The chillies have really done well and as it's the first time growing them

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Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 15, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 23 Comments
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Win this great cook book for foragers and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 20/03/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what do you normally forage or what would you like to forage. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. ROSEHIPS ON A KITCHEN TABLE SEASONAL RECIPES FOR FORAGERS & FOODIES By Carolyn Caldicott Photographs by Chris Caldicott March 2014 Published by Frances Lincoln In these days of environmental concern and financial constraints we are all looking for ways to put good, local, seasonal food on the table. But sometimes it can seem daunting. This is where Rosehips on a Kitchen Table comes to the rescue. You don’t need to be a great cook, a master gardener or an exp

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Allotment book winner

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 17, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

The winner is Danielle Graves! Congratulations! The book is published by Frances Lincoln (www.franceslincoln.com | @Frances_Lincoln) To order Charles Dowding's Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG69.  Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department,  Littlehampton Book Services,  PO Box 4264,  Worthing, West Sussex  BN13 3RB.  Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.  *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.    

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DIY Greenhouse rainwater collector kit..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender February 6, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 1 Comment
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Just a quick evening blog.... I searched for Greenhouse rainwater collector kits on Ebay today for my home GH to collect nutritious rain water for my seedlings. I found some for £18 a pair... Now I don't like to pay much for anything so into the workshop I went to make my own. I always collect bits of copper piping from old baths and basins when I see them in skips as I know I can use bits at the plot from time to time. I also had some thick firm compressed rubber matting from kids play areas which come in handy as kneeler pads for the garden and our ageing knees!! You know the type - just like flip flops are made from.. I cut a piece of rubber mat off a piece that is under the grow box and then cut a few blocks of mat a bit wider and higher than the inside size of the g

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