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

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Blackberry jelly

Pick some blackberries!
Only took me 30 min to pick a kilo today. They are great this year with all the sun and dry weather. Here's the recipe I made up:
1kg blackberries
800 g jam sugar
50ml water
10 lemon verbena leaves
2 tbls lemon juice

Put it all in a pan and wait for the sugar to dissolve. Will take a while so be patient. I just left mine to stand for an hour. Bring to boil and boil heavily for 3 min. Take off heat and let to cool slightly. Put through muslin and bottle up the jam.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fair share cafe cook up

The fair share cafe was open today at the local church hall. At the garden, we had promised to get people involved in picking and cooking a healthy lunch and Helen said she'd send people over to us. And what a crowd she sent! They got picking, cutting, frying and eating...'could I have some more please?'

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Pot luck

End of summer sun, friends, food and the long awaited pizza from the cob oven fired by mushroom man. And we have a shot of our photographer. This was just the start, who has more pictures?