And Then It Was November…

How did we get to November so quickly? It doesn’t seem long since I was planting my pumpkin seeds in Spring and now we’re eating them in soup and cakes! All that nurture and love and then I come at them with a carving knife… my poor babies!Things are still growing up at the allotment……

Roasted Vegetable Soup

My latest allotment alchemy involved the oven rather than a huge cauldron on the hob! I sprayed my oven trays with some spray olive oil. On one tray I put chopped pumpkin, red onions, garlic cloves and tomatoes eith some sea salt, black pepper and dried basil along with a few more sprays of olive…

Spiced Parsnip Soup and Potato, Leek and Allotment Greens Soup

So I don’t do runny food except cream, custard and Heinz Cream Of Tomato Soup… no silly… not all together!  Having an allotment means we have to think of ways to use our vegetables so because Mr C does like runny food we have to make soup! My last two cauldron full of evil have…

September Already!

It’s 3rd September today and we’re not ready for harvest yet on many of our crops at the allotment and we could do with it being more than 14 degrees! Brrrr it’s a tad chilly up here! Sunshine and warmth please come back soon. Our Bug Hotel and wild area has lots of blackberries growing….

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon At RHS Harlow Carr

I wanted to show Mr C the raised bed area as well as the allotment plot at Harlow Carr. Today was a perfect day for a visit… flowers and vegetables galore… Brass Band music… Ice Cream… Betty’s and a Fat Rascal! Yorkshire at its best! If you’re in the area RHS Harlow Carr is a…

Chocolate Beetroot Bundt Cake

Having an allotment makes me think about what to grow and how I can use our produce throughout the year. It isn’t all about how to store what we harvest or savoury dishes we can make, it’s also about sweet treats as cake is something I love to bake and also eat. Tonight we held…

Meet Our Rhubarb

I don’t know if it’s part of being a Yorkshire Lass but I have always loved rhubarb. Even when it was soggy and stringy in the 70’s it tasted good, especially in a crumble! Mr C didn’t like rhubarb til he met me! He had bad memories of it from the 70’s! We now have…

The Glorious 12th up at the allotment

Onions pulled today and left to dry in the sunshine for a couple of days. More blackberries picked, some peas popped and a few early few leeks pulled up too! There’s lots of beautiful flowers and tasty food up on 4B and 5B this month. 

Allotment Pizza

Great tea tonight using kale, red onion, beetroot, basil and garlic from our allotment. I cheated with bought pizza bases that I already had in that needed using. I made a pesto by blitzing kale with two pickled garlic cloves, whole almonds, parmesan cheese and some rape seed oil. I also added some chilli rape…

Digging In The Rain

So it feels more like April up on the allotment at the moment… cooler temperatures and rain… lots of rain. We even ate a picnic on the allotment in the rain with some friends at the weekend! But I’m not complaining because it’s proving to be good growing weather.  Everything is suddenly going whoosh and…

Mid summer growing 

It’s over a month since my last allotment post. Everything sort of did a go slow, still growing but in need of sunshine and rain and then ended up with too much of both!  We’ve just enjoyed a week away in East Anglia so hoped everything had grown while we’d been away… and it had!…

Wet And Warm = Growing Weather

We’ve just been up to the allotment to water. Everything was looking good apart from a couple of pumpkin plants which looked totally dehydrated. A good watering tonight and lots of sunshine is forecast for tomorrow. Amazing how much difference you can see in a week at this time of year as everything puts a…