Chicory salad with fruit

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 28, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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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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Easy chicken soup

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 2, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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  Serves 4-6: 1leek cut into rings 1 onion chopped roughly 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 1-2 big carrots, peeled and diced 1-2 stalks of celery peeled and sliced 2 litres of  chicken stock (from cubes) 500grams chicken breast (skinless whole) Handful of frozen peas Handful of soup pasta Salt and pepper Oil for the pan     Method:   Heat the oil in a deep pan. Add the onions and leeks and let them soften. Then add the carrot and celery and simmer for a few minutes, add the garlic, season to taste. Add the chicken breasts, the water and stock cubes  heat up, but so not let it boil. Boiling the chicken will make it tough, use moderate heat for about 15minutes. Add the pasta and peas and cook for

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Win Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 16, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment 297 Comments
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Win 30 packets of seeds! Enter by commenting below, just tell us what is your favourite vegetable to grow from seeds. Ends 18/03/2016

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Chilli con carne according to Gardeninglady

Person Author: Maaike Calender March 13, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Which means lots of added vegetables ;-) Serves 4-6: Oil for the pan 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 1 big carrot, peeled and diced 1 twig of celery, peeled and diced 1 onion, peeled and diced 200grams  of button mushrooms, halved and then sliced thickly 1 red bellpepper, diced 500grams minced meat (half beef, half pork) 1 litre of  sieved tomatoes or juice 1 small can of tomato pure 1 beef stock cube 1 big can of beans, drained and rinsed ½ tablespoon of ground mild paprika powder 1teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon of ground cumin powder 1 teaspoon of marjoram (dried) Salt and pepper 1 chilli (dried whole) or a few drops of hot sauce like Tabasco to taste     Method: Heat oil in a casserole

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Belly of pork stew

Person Author: Maaike Calender February 20, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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I'm not sure if you can get marinated belly of pork outide the Netherlands. But I just bought these as they were on offer, otherwise I would use natural (or plain) ones. You can always add paprika and herbs to your liking. I served this with potatoes and red cabbage with apple. Serves 4-6: 1 kilo of belly of pork (no rind, natural or marinated) 2-3 carrots 2 sticks of celery 1-2 cloves of garlic 2 onions 500ml beef stock ( from a cube is fine) 125ml red wine or ore to taste Salt and pepper Butter  for the pan   Method: Melt and Brown butter in a casserole style dish. Add the meat and let  change colour (no need to brown) Meanwhile clean and cut the vegetables. When the meat has changed colour, you’re probably left with a

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Gardeninglady pie

Person Author: Maaike Calender February 15, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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  I was inspired byt the British classics, Shepherd’s pie, cottage pie and Cumberlandpie and I combined elements of all into a Gardeninglady pie   Serves4: 500grams beef mince 4 tomatoes or a can of chopped tomatoes 1 big onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 red bell pepper 2-3 carrots 2 stocks of celery 2 tablespoons of plain flour 1 small tin of tomato pure 1 bayleaf 1 liter of beef stock (from cubes is fine) Thyme to taste Salt and pepper Oil for pan and ovendish 200grams of mushrooms 125ml of red wine     For the mash: 1 kilo of floury potatoes Nutmeg 100ml milk Breadcrumbs 150grams Grated cheese of your choice   Method: Boil the potatoes with salt, drain and set aside.

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