Boysenberry Jelly

It’s Jamming time of year! When we first got our allotment I bought two Boysenberry bushes and we’ve had some great harvests over the last 5 years. When he was little the Curly One loved Bramble Jelly. We’ve discovered there’s one thing in the world that’s even tastier than homemade Bramble Jelly and that’s Boysenberry…

Raspberry Jam Recipe

There is nothing tastier than homemade jam made from homegrown or foraged fruit. We have some Blush Raspberries on our allotment, they were rescued from Mr C’s old workplace. He brought home one very desperate looking cane about 3 years ago. We planted it up and it’s flourished and multiplied and this year has given…

Photo stroll around our plot…

Our allotment is made up of two half plots, 5B and 4B. We’re on a small council allotment site that only has 19 plots although Plot 1 isn’t useable. We’re situated in West Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Everything feels so happy on our plot this year. Some of our raised beds are already on their…

Allotment Fritters

It’s almost the end of July and we’ve been busy picking, pulling, blanching, freezing and eating lots of veggie delights from our plot. Sowing and growing seem to be the only things that are unchanged since Coronavirus hit the world. My dilemma this week was Kohl Rabi. What can they go in other than coleslaw?…

Flowers by the plot side

When we took on our allotment 5 years ago there were not many other plots on our site with flowers growing on them. I soon changed that! These are some of the flowers we have flowering this week just on our allotment. Remember that a weed is just a flower in the wrong place.

The most wonderful time of the year…

Summer…. When you have an allotment or vegetable garden this is the time of the year that most crops start to fill your trug with vegetable goodness! It’s mid July and so far this month we’ve dug up our first early potatoes. We don’t normally grow first earlies but we planted them the day before…

Gooseberry Fool

A quick and easy dessert tonight using some of our homegrown gooseberries. Ingredients 300g gooseberries 300g creme fraiche (we always use a reduced fat version) 1 tbs granulated sugar 1 tbs water Extra creme fraiche for the top Demerara sugar Method Put the gooseberries, sugar and water in a pan and cook slowly until it…

Welcome to our allotment

In March 2015 we took on 5B then 6 months later in September we took on 4B. After lots of hard work, blood, sweat and tears this is what our plots looked like on 14 June 2020. Hope you enjoy your wander around our Happy Place.

Spiced Apple, Carrot and Pumpkin Soup

Another of my soup recipe ideas has been made up for Mr C in my big soup pan and has been declared a success! Another one that will use allotment goodies in the autumn. Recipe 1 tbs oil 1 red onion chopped into chunks 2 garlic cloves, skinned and cut in half 3 apples, peeled,…

On the edge of summer…

It’s the 30th May 2020 and not quite the world we used to know. Covid19 has made this year unusual in many ways. In the garden and on our allotment nature is doing what she does best… growing. It’s 8.30pm and 18°C and both 5B and 4B are looking good in the evening sunshine. We…

Ginger Cake

As you know I love hiding vegetables in sweet treats. We’ve had success with courgettes, beetroot, pumpkin and parsnips… what next you ask? The humble potato! I baked this cake in a tin I recently found in a local TK Maxx. It’s very similar to a Bundt tin but cannot be called a Bundt as…

Zesty Parsnip and Honey Cake

The combination of parsnips and honey instantly makes me think of roast dinners and comfort food and especially Christmas Dinner! We’ve had a mixed year on the allotment with our parsnips in 2019. Partly my fault as I didn’t know parsnip seeds weren’t viable for more than one year so not many seeds germinated on…