Wednesday 28 August 2019

Apples and Green tomatoes

From Spade to Plate this morning was extremely productive. We turned a load of apples into Apple Cordial, Apple Sauce,


Apple Cider vinegar in the making

 The green tomatoes went into making a delicious green tomato cake topped with shredded coconut. 

For our main meal we made wraps with a salad filling from the garden.
Wraps with cream chees, salad, grated cheese and peanuts
Apple Crumble (with almond and ginger crumble) 

Kodai and Arisa making apple crumble
 It was lovely to welcome back Hiroe and her two children, Arisa and Kodai, June and Carmen.

Monday 26 August 2019

Having been on holiday there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables

Back from holiday and we are welcomed by a glut of tomatoes, runner beans, courgettes and even apples. I have decided to do the from Spade on Monday eventhough it is a bank holiday, I suppose it is even nicer as that way the whole family can come.

Before Tina and her family set sail for the US , she let me harvest appleas from her garden and on the way there I noticed that the apples in behind St Luke's church are ready too so have decided to turn them into juice, (there is something special about the first juice of the year)
It should be nice to do for young and old, especially the tasting.
The pictures turned out to be a little pink as we were working under a red gazebo to protect us from the blazing sun,
After sending out an FB announcement that we would do a family event we had a wonderful turn out.
Lu, Francisco and Isobella, Karina and Urban, Melendra, Robin and Bridget, Suzie K. Vasey, Brian , Gray and Natalie, Lucy, Omer, Theo and Thomas, Akiko and Yosuka all showed up to turn the apples into delicious juice, and apple juice.  Although we had a lot of apples, with so many people coming to help, Mark and I went to pick apples from Githa's garden and later he took Akiko, Yosuka and Suzie across the street to pick the apples in the alley way

For lunch we made wraps filled with cream cheese,  courgetti spagetti, carrots and bean salad, lettuce and grated cheese, as it was  30degree C. too hot for cooking I think

Wednesday 7 August 2019

3 bean curry and courgette cake

As we had a surprise change of the menu due to a need for a gluten free meal, we used my friend Thea's 3 bean curry recipe, we had it with yoghurt and coriander and some rice.

We also tasted the sunflower leaf soup, as we had plenty of these after picking some flowers to cheer up our houses.

Yuki and Lisa grated the courgettes for the cake which we had as a desert we made some courgette and lemon drizzle cake.  Although very nice, I probably would have  a little less courgette in the cake and a little bit more sugar.

This was the last time for the children and Asko to come to our cooking sessions as they are off back to Japan again. We shall miss them.

Monday 5 August 2019

Courgettes and runner beans and new potatoes

As the courgettes are growing fast and furiously, we turned them into vegan fritters and had them with new potatoes and runne beans. A simple but tasty meal.  We also had the first of the blackberry cordial harvested this year.

Kevin and Rozenn preparing the runner beans
Lu and Tom

Carmen, Kevin, Rozenn and Simone harvesting new potatoes

Carmen, Lu, Tom and Simone making the courgette fritters