Sunday, 1 December 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Late harvest

We harvested the last of the courgettes and chilies today. We're keeping the chili plants for next year but pruned them back quite a lot and moved them under shelter. The chilies are not great to have laying around in the kitchen now as they tend to rot but pickling them is easy. Great on pizzas.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Bread Workshop

Following the success of our first ever bread workshop, we're running another one this month.
Wednesday the 27th November.
For further details and how to book please go to:

Thursday, 31 October 2013

More Halloween...


Fantastic turnout for the party today. Angie painted lots of little faces and Lara had arranged hanging apple bobbing and spider lolly making. We had soup, bread, baked potatoes, horrid finger biscuits and vegan sausage rolls.
All made up, the kids then went off for trick or treating.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Teacher strike

This is what we did today instead of school. Outdoor learning free style with the children playing in the woods and us adults getting on with pulling out weeds.
When it came to lunch time they were very happy to join us for cous cous and Liz' homemade scones.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Apple picking day with the guys from Brighton permaculture trust.

Well, like last year it rained and rained and rained some more. Unlike last year the pickings were excellent. And the are plenty left on the hills. Now to experiment with ways of storing...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Still Summer!

Amazing day in the garden with sunshine and lovely people, could easily mistake it for summer time. We celebrated Liz' birthday with her bean and chorizo stew and apple cake.
The dig for victory garden was prepared by taking out the grass so it's now ready for the year 6 children next week. There's still lots of weeding for them to do and plenty to be getting on with. Little Elsa did an amazing job carrying all the tufts of grass and pulling them up. She was even annoyed when we were finished. The rest of us were exhausted.
Madeleine planted garlic bulbs, Darren carved a Hawthorne spoon, Mmedo cut the grass, Paul cut wood, Kat moved the Rhubarbs and Liz took care of all the was just le any other summer's day. May it last.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Rainy workday

We always work despite rain!
Harvest is still bountyfull with chard, salads, mustard, beans and squashes in season.
Fancy lunch was had with Liz inviting everyone for pizza from the clay oven. It tasted amazing. We all feel lucky to be sharing good food every week.
Darren popped in with a good catch of wild mushrooms including baby puff balls and fairy ring champignon.
Jo also popped in to ask if we wanted to cook for the school Christmas fair which we obviously said yes to!
The last of the benches around the fire place went in, onions were planted and beds were cleared. What a productive day.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Big Dig

The gardening schedule for Big Dig was changed today as the onions and garlic had not arrived in the post. Plenty of other things to be getting on with though for all the volunteers. Gordon and Liz A.J. removed all tomato plants as they've caught the blight. On advice from a new volunteer, Ann, we will try to ripen the green tomatoes by putting them in brown paper bags with an apple. We'll also try hanging them in sunny windows so let's see what works best.
Liz F. collected a large amount of Nasturtium seeds for picking. She's promised to bring some back for us. We're really enjoying sharing out what we make at home, it makes so much sense as it can be very time consuming to conserve. It also means we have a more varied diet.
Kat transplanted Welsh onions and Paul tended the fire so that we could have a lovely lunch together.
Darren used his wood work skills to make a new axe handle and I shifted house manure into the hot box and planted salads for winter use.
More Big Digging on Sunday.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

while you're waiting...

There are few things nicer than having to wait for the clay oven to reach temperature. Sun, apple juice and a newspaper all tied together with good company.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Home made from home grown

Mushroom soup made from oyster mushrooms grown by Darren; yellow courgette, tarragon, garlic from the garden; there are worst lunches to be had.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Kale crisps

What to do with your end of summer Kale plants that have grown tuff and rough? Make Kale crisps, it's very easy. Wash the Kale if needed, toss in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Then roost in the oven until crisp. Madeleine and Norma tried it over charcoal today and loved it. They were also amused by the fact that you pay £5 for a bag in a whole food store.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Party people

Food, drinks, sun, smiles.


Another successful festival cook up and sell out. Pretty much all we had to offer from our garden had gone into the stew and was loved by all who ate it. Great to see kids eating it as well, turning down the burgers. The chilli oil and the chilli sauce from Hanover Chilli Sauce Company added a nice kick too. Well done to us!

Friday, 6 September 2013