Plot 14

 I’m the new owner of allotment plot 14 in Manchester. It doesn’t look at all like the photo above (Christiania Glass House in Copenhagen) but this image says all I love about allotments – the make, mend and DIY approach to life. So, my plot started off as a ‘field’ of weeds, namely couch grass…

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s sticky quince and ginger cake

I looooove quince so I snapped up a good bunch at the Old Trafford Amateur Gardeners Society last week. This recipe means you also get some jelly from the poaching liquid – a tasty addition to toast. 150g butter, softened, plus a little more for greasing 2 large-ish quinces (about 600g) 160g caster or vanilla sugar 160g…

Village Greens Community Coop launch

Monday 21st October at 7.30pm Looks like Prestwich is getting its groove on locally. Home to the delicious Aumbry restaurant and Bakery, Prestbake, a food store, Village Greens, a cooperatively owned community food store is getting in on the collective action. You can do more than check out this exciting new food coop venture, you can invest in it!…

We made bread…

We were skint and out of bread but had a cupboard full of flour, and not just strong white flour (Waitrose Leckford Estate Strong White Bread Flour) but fancy wholemeal (Bacheldre Watermill) and multi-grain. Check out Baker and Loaf to find out what flours are available in UK. We used a simplified bread recipe (which…

Mary Berry’s Victoria Sandwich

This cake is the classic 4444 that my mother would make. The 4×4 refers to 4 eggs with 4oz of each of sugar, flour and fat, this can be reduced to 3333 or made bigger! You can find this recipe in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, which I use and find invaluable, or at BBC Food….

Nigel Slater’s spiced pumpkin soup

This is a really easy soup and perfect for Halloween, adapted from Slater‘s Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Bacon to suit vegetarians and vegans. I’ve missed out the cream and bacon from the original recipe and replaced butter with sunflower oil. Lastly, we don’t have a blender and just mashed up the pumpkin at the end, i’ve…