Lemon and Rosemary Drizzle Cake

With lots of rosemary growing outside my front door, I was excited to find this Lemon and Rosemary drizzle cake on the Guardian blog by Ruby Tandoh. Its really easy to make, incredibly tasty and the sprigs of rosemary compliments the fresh lemony zing of this moist cake. I made it in a longer, narrower…

Perserved Lemons

Sterilise a clip-top Kilner – for 15 minutes at 140C/275F/gas mark 1 or put in a large pan, fill the pan with water and bring to the boil. I’ve used 500ml and 1l jars. Loads of cource sea salt – a large bag. 6 Lemons – I get mine from Unicorn Grocery at the start…

Allotment – Garlic update and potatoes

It has proved difficult to get over to the allotment over the last couple of weeks. My last visit was on Sunday 16th Feb. The garlic, both those planted before December and in February (after starting in the cold frame) seem to be going well. No real bulb growth yet, but they seem established. Its…

Apples and pears… and a blackcurrant

It was a cold wet Saturday afternoon, but nothing could stop me from getting the fresh delivery of bareroots from Ashridge Trees in the ground. All the apples and pears are maidens, which are cheaper than cordens – i’m hoping to train them into cordens once I work out how to build the frame. All…

GYO Potatoes 2013

At Hulme Community Garden Centre’s Heritage Potato Day, we bought Salad Blue, Charlotte, Orla and Valor potatoes to grow. Following the success of last years potato growing, I’m starting a little earlier. Charlotte potatoes are incredibly popular, being a salad potato (waxy) with a full flavour. Charlotte can be planted out early between February and March for harvest in June….

Balthazar onion soup gratinée

Onions are all around, I’ve got a good batch of onions grown from set in my cold frame and plenty in my fridge. Reading through the Observer’s Food Magazine last week I came across Balthazar onion soup gratinée. Its a rich soup, which is mildly onion-y and the port is simply inspired. Ingredients Olive oil…

Heritage days at Hulme Garden Centre

We wanted to share the film we made for Hulme Garden Centre’s Apple & Pumpkin day back in October. We learned about all the many varieties of apple grown in the UK and got to taste some pumpkin soup. This coming Sunday, Hulme Garden Centre are hosting a POTATO heritage day – where you can…