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…

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…

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…

Pasta With Courgettes 

Having an allotment I’m always looking for recipes to use with our homegrown goodies. I found this a few weeks ago and finally cooked it for lunch today using my mum as a guinea pig. Mum and I had been for a swim and were hungry… this was quick to cook and tasted blooming delicious….

SimplyCook.com Spinach and Paneer

We had a quick and very tasty meal tonight thanks to the clever people at SimplyCook.com Spinach and PaneerFive ingredients, some oil and their three little pots of magic and twenty minutes later we were eating our tea. Facebook /Simplycookcom Twitter @simplycookcom Instagram @simplycookcom http://www.simplycook.com

Headingley & Meanwood Clandestine Cake Club

If there’s anything better than meeting a friend for coffee and cake… it’s meeting lots of friends to eat cake! Tonight’s Clandestine Cake Club was organised by my lovely friend Linda at East Of Arcadia in Meanwood.  Great venue, fantastic cakes and a table full of lovely people! Cake club rules! No dates in the…

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is absolutely delicious if I say so myself!! Recipe 8 red onions 1 red chilli 25ml rape seed oil 200g dark muscovado sugar 150ml balsamic vinegar 150ml red wine vinegar Method Cut your onions and chilli into short, thin slices and put them into a pan with the bay leaves and oil. Cook gently…

Apple Chutney

Autumn means chutney and the smell of vinegar!  This was a prize winner for me at the 2016 Pudsey Show. Recipe 1½ kg allotment apples, peeled and diced 750g light muscovado sugar 500g raisins 2 medium homegrown onions, finely chopped 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp salt 700ml cider vinegar Method…

Toffee Apples

I wanted to make some toffee to use for toffee apples that  I wanted to use on top of a Spiced Pumpkin Cake I was making. This was the recipe I found and it was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend! Toffee recipe. This was my finished cake.

Oven Roasted Courgettes With Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan 

These were absolutely delicious. I cut my courgettes in half as suggested but I think next time I would cut them into smaller strips like they were in this original post.  I sliced some leftover courgettes up the next day and added them to a frittata, the lemon gave a lovely extra zing to our…

Little Kitchen BIG IDEAS with Wren Kitchens

The lovely people at Wren Kitchens have sent me their book Little Kitchen BIG IDEAS that’s been compiled by Linda Barker with lots of great recipe ideas from Bloggers.   They asked me if I’d like a copy of this recipe book to try with my family, I had to admit I didn’t have any little…