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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14th to 21st February 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender February 26, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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This last week has been spent seed sowing as well as doing plenty of research from past masters and their methods (often contradicting each other.) with the hope of being more productive . Not so much "on the plot" but that has a lot to do with the stormy weather and rain that we have had here last week. On February 13th I placed a 60 cell seed tray in the propagator and filled each cell with different seeds and began my sowing in the smallest of spaces . I am monitoring how well they perform as this is the second year of me using a heated propagator and I feel I have must to learn and that's it's being greatly underused. Anyway here's what I sowed : Row 1 : Dill , Thyme , Chives , Onion (White Lisbon) , Celtuce , Swede (All The Best ) Row 2 : Cauliflower (All The Year Round

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Celeriac and thyme soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender February 23, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 4-6:Olive oil for the pan and decorating100grams of smoked bacon lardons (pancetta)1 cube of butter for the pan1 big onion, chopped1 bayleaf3-4 sprigs of thyme, leaf separated from stalk but keep both1 celeriac in cubes1 liter of water2 cubes of (chicken or vegetable) stock125ml of double cream or crème fraiche2 cloves of garlic, finely choppedSalt and pepper Method:Heat oli in a large pan and  bake the bacon with the garlic Brown and crispy.Remove bacon and garlic with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.Add the butter to the oil left in the pan, add onion, bayleaf and the sprigs of thyme, cook until onions have softened (ca 10 minutes).Add celeriac and cook for 2 minutes.

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1st -14th February 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender February 15, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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My apologies to the delay in my update (yet again!) . I have had several distractions mainly since following the strong winds a couple of weeks back I have had to carry out repairs to my garden fence and am currently in the process of obtaining quotes for repairs to be roof . So amongst all that and everything else that life throws at us we all forwards towards the spring and the summer . The hope is that the more we put in to our gardens and allotments now then the more we shall be rewarded when the summer arrives .Firstly I will catch up with what I have wrote about previously . Of the seeds that I had placed in the heated propagator on the 18th January by 13th February only the Habanero pepper and the mixed Aubergines appear to have germinated .The Aubergines were looking ver

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18th January to 31st January 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender February 1, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Firstly my apologies that my weekly update has taken two weeks but this has more to do with life and the weather getting in the way . I'd managed to fall ill which my wife said was caused by digging up at the allotment in the wind and rain which naturally I disagreed I said I must have definitely picked up the chest infection at work . After all everybody knows that once you get several plot holders together work stops and you end up having a social gathering in the shelter of somebody's shed .  So I guess we've established I've been a bit lazy so far this year and on the days when I've been able to go outdoors the snow or hailstones have been falling. January is a very frustrating month in the gardening calender and yet I always feel I should be doing something and that what I have done

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Valentine open apple turnover

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender January 30, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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For 10:4 eating apples50grams of raisins, reconstituted in hot waterHandful of flaked almonds1 tablespoon for sprinkling2-3 tablespoons of sugar for the filling3 teaspoons of cinnamon1 lemon, juice of25grams of butter1 pack of 10 small sheets of all butter puff pastryWhipped cream to serve (optional)1 table spoon of water Method:Put the sheets of pastry on a board to defrost slightly.Heat oven on 200degrees.Wash and cut up apples, leave skin on.Drain the raisins.Put lemon juice in a bowl, add the apples, stir well to coat them.Add the raisins, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of sugar to the apples.With a cookie cutter cut out a heart from each sheet of pastry, you can save cut offs or roll it out for more.

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