Wednesday, 12 June 2019

A Vegan day

After a full day of raining, the grape vine has grown new shoots as we speak. Time to prune and turn the leaves into delicious domas.
  

I also noticed that the new potatoes are ready to be harvested so decided to turn them into a new potato salad.




Although the rain was pounding down all through the morning (and afternoon) we had a wonderful meal together.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Time to prune the grapevine

As the grapevine needed pruning, I thought it was a great opportunity to get the dolmades recipe out again. I used the same recipe as the one in my first cookery book From Spade to Plate, and went down pretty well.


As we had run out of sweet chili jam and this group had not made it before,  I went to buy peppers and chilies to turn into a delicious jam to go with our dolmades.
    

We also went in the garden and the allotment to pick some strawberries and turned them into a savoury salad.

   


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Rhubarb last chance of the season

Last week Rozenn passed on a Rhubarb dhal recipe to me.  As the season draws to a close I decided to make this dahl and see how the group enjoys it.

First we chopped a kilogram of rhubarb to turn into a rhubarb cordial, for this we used oranges, lemons, ginger and sugar. The end result as per usual was delicious.


Asuka and Lolita whipped the double cream with the yoghurt and then blended it with the rhubarb mix to turn it into a Rhubarb fool.

            

For our main meal we had a rhubarb dahl with  rice and flat bread.
   





Whilst we were in the allotment,

  

We  picked dandelion (leaves and roots), plantain, cleaver, chickweed and nettles. Chopped them really finely and then packed this into a large jar. We covered this with apple cider vinegar and will leave this to stand for a few weeks before straining and using for salad dressings and/or 1 teaspoon per day as a mineral supplement.  This mix is great for healthy bones, hair and nails.
           



It went down a treat.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Asparagus Soup, Bulgar Wheat with roasted vegetables, Chive blossom vinegar

The gardens are looking beautiful. Flowers are showing off their amazing colours and shapes

 
. To preserve them for a little longer than this week, we turned the chive blossom into
Chive blossom vinegar. The colour was already gorgeous after 1/2 hour of making it. I can't wait what it will look and taste like in 2 weeks time, when it should be ready to strain and bottle.


The recipe for the Bulgar Wheat with honey roasted vegetables went down really well too. We used the brown bulgar wheat which was different from what Yasmin and Rozenn knew, but the chewy texture was lovely with the honey roasted vegetables.


We ventured out into the sunshine into the allotment to cut some asparagus for the cream of asparagus soup. We boiled the asparagus chopped in 1 cm pieces in stock, setting aside the tops to add later. we then made a white sauce and added it to the stock. With a hand blender we turn this into a smooth and velvety creamy soup. We added the asparagus tops and heated it through for a couple of minutes. this was then served with some flatbread and chive blossom.

We also picked  the heads of the orange calendula, which we used to dry and will turn into
Calenduala  oil in a few weeks time.




As always it was a lovely lunch we wonderful friends from all over the world.
Brasil, France, Holland, Israel, Japan and June representing the UK! W


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Nutty sausages with red onion marmalade and broad bean tops

Cream of asparagus soup as we had such lovely weather the last couple of days that the asparagus have grown like mushrooms!

Melendra turning the asparagus into velvety creamy soup
Every time I buy sausages there is a lot of packaging to go with it, so when I found this recipe, I tried it for taste and think it is a winner. Let's see what the others think of it.


Shirley came over from the US to visit her daughter  and joined us today
The first vegetarian Sausage turned out well
A sausage making 'machine'
    
Meghan is in charge of frying the sausages
Mash potatoes, vegetarian sausages with red onion marmalade and broadbean tops
with red onion marmalade and broad bean tops.



Monday, 13 May 2019

Mini spinach quiche (vg) (gf) and Chick pea brownies

Mini vegan spinach quiche  great recipe for buffets or as little snacks

  

We made it with a couscous salad

and as dessert this amazing chickpea chocolate brownie
 





Finally some sunshine and a bit of warmth, so we ended up in the allotment as well as the garden, to pick our ingredients and some flowers. Currently the phacelia, calendula, love in the mist, sweetpeas, are ready to be picked.



Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Rain, Rain and more rain... we need it!

Waking up this morning, was a welcome sound of persistent rain. Yesterday I was working in the allotment and the need for watering was apparent. Luckily the heavens opened and for the last 12 hours it has rained and still is.

As the asparagus and artichokes needed harvesting, I decided to pick these before the group arrived.

On the menu:  Artichoke in a vinegrette sauce.

Followed by a lentil and tomato soup, topped with basil.

As a main meal  we had asparagus, with boiled potatoes and a poached egg.

Although the group today was small we had fun experimenting.


Monday, 6 May 2019

Sag Aloo with rice

The perpetual spinach is about to go in flower so we harvested what there was to turn into Sag Aloo with chickpeas. Meghan brought Olivia and Violet who were great helpers.  We also picked some m lemon balm  to put in the dessert but the violets, calendula and borage were to  decorate our lemon mousse.
   



finely chopping the lemon balm

Back at home, the chopping started.

Flowers picked by Violet
 

As a dessert we used the chickpea water to turn into lemon mousse.




The Sag Aloo turned out really well.  We had it with rice and flat bread.


A very productive morning