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…

Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

At the beginning of the UK Lockdown for Coronavirus in March 2020 I slightly over ordered tinned chickpeas. Since then I’ve used one tin… so what to do with the rest? After mooching around the WWW for a while I decided to try roast some. There are lots of recipes out there but this is…

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…

Sylvia’s Shortbread

Sylvia was in her 50s and lived with her beautiful mother Isobel, who was in her 80s, they lived a few doors down from my Grandma. This was my Grandma who gave me my love of baking. I loved Sylvia and Isobel dearly and was very upset when Sylvia died of cancer when I was…

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?…

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…

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,…

Pumpkin And Dark Chocolate Bread

I know it’s a little early in the season for fresh pumpkin but I’ve still got a few bags of roasted pumpkin in our allotment freezer. Now it’s summer I like to hide vegetables into dishes, especially into sweet treats! The colour of this batter was a beautiful orange so I hope it keeps some…

Banana and Apple Fruit Cake

Mr C is recovering from having his Appendix removed a few days ago. The really sad news is that we have a few bananas that have gone very evil! I’m not a fan of ripe bananas and over ripe ones are just plain evil! There were also a couple of apples that looked in need…

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…

Spiced Pumpkin Syrup

Over the last few years we all seem to have fallen in love with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Pumpkins are everywhere at the moment which means it’s autumn so here’s the perfect recipe so you can make your own syrup. Use in coffee or hot chocolate or add to some agave or maple syrup and pour…