Quince Brandy Liqueur

This is a follow on from a previous recipe, Nigella’s Quince Brandy. It makes a sweet dessert drink and if you are not partial to drinking brandy, no matter how nice the quick brandy is, this is a great way to re-package and mak a lovely fragrant after-dinner drink. Strain the quince brandy from the…

Carrot and Butter Bean Soup

A really tasty and comforting soup, thats easy to make. Blender is necessary. I adapted this soup from a recipe at Ocado. Ingredients 4 large carrots, peeled and cut 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large garlic clove, peeled and grated 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped 1 large leek, trimmed and sliced 2…

Frances’ Parsnip Soup

Ingredients 3 Large or 5 small parsnips, 2 cm rounds 1 onion sliced thinly oil 2 bay leaves 3 carrots chopped into 2 cm rounds a stock cube / vegetable bouillon for 1ltr of stock 1tsp ground cumin 1tsp ground coriander Method Chop the veg Heat the oil in a large saucepan Add the onion and…

Yotam Ottolenghi’s lentils, radicchio and walnuts with honey

I’ve grown radicchio on the farm, here’s a tasty recipe in which you cook the radicchio. 200g puy lentils 2 bay leaves 100g manuka honey (i used local honey) ¼ tsp flaked chilli ½ tsp ground turmeric Salt and black pepper About 1 tsp water 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar 90ml olive oil 100g walnuts ½…

Ottolenghi’s Chickpea Saute… with Fat Hen

Following on from Ottolenghi’s Chickpea Saute in his book, Plenty. We replaced the chard with fat hen, and only used 1 carrot and a large turnip in place of the other 3 carrots. It proved to be delicious, and fat hen brings a richness which works well with chickpeas, while the turnip gives an earthy…

Blackberry and Apple Jelly

I saw blackberries on the allotment and thought what a pain, what do i do with these. I’d stupidly forgotten the wonderful marriage of blackberries and apples. This recipe is from River Cottage Preserves book, it works perfectly, creating a mellow fruity jelly,  so perfect on toast. Ingredients: 1kg of apples (windfalls or any apples are…

Fat Hen

I’ve been farming fat hen (Chenopodium album) for a few weeks and thought I should actually try eating the plant. Whilst having a brew in the allotment hut, i reached out for River Cottage’s Hedgerow book. It said to lightly sauté fat hen with butter and thats exactly what we did. Fat Hen really does taste…